January 3, 2011

Edwards set to enroll early

Brenham (Texas) wide receiver Derek Edwards has been able to keep his early enrollment at Texas Tech quiet for the past few weeks, but the secret was made known over the weekend, and now the 2011 commit has been able to openly discuss his excitement for the spring.

"People have been asking me a lot about it, and I really cannot wait to get to Texas Tech and into the system. I can't wait to get on the field and go to work," Edwards said. "I'm really excited to run track in the red and black and with the double T on my chest. I'm just coming at it head first and I'm ready to make the transition into something new."

Apparently Edwards has been talking recently with Tech track and field head coach Wes Kittley about being a two-sport athlete on the South Plains.

"I will be triple jumping and high jumping for Tech I think. I've talked some with Coach Kittley, and we've got a new relationship right now. We've talked a few times," he said. "Coach Tommy Mainord is the guy I've talked to about it the most. He'll go and talk to Coach Kittley and then get back to me on it. He's kind of been the middle man in that situation. That's how it happened."

The 6-foot-1, 163-pounder says that Tech has afforded him an opportunity that he otherwise wouldn't have had, given his early enrollment this month.

"My senior year was supposed to be my year. I've been going to state in track since I was a sophomore and this was supposed to be the year I go and take it all in my events. But since I'm going to Tech early I won't really get that chance," he said. "So, I was glad that I'll have that opportunity to do it with Texas Tech. I really love running track and I'm happy to have the chance to keep doing it. When football or whatever wasn't really going well, track was always there to kind of get me through other stuff. I love doing it and I think I can help Texas Tech on the track, so it seems like the perfect situation."

Edwards decision to enroll early will be one that undoubtedly helps him from a football standpoint, but it was the larger effect on his family that encouraged him to make the move.

"We moved to Huntsville because my mom got a new job and my dad's mom wasn't doing too well. So it was looking like my dad wouldn't be at home all that often, and my mother would be making the trip for work everyday, so I would've basically just been by myself in Brenham," he said. "So we had to make the move to Huntsville for our family's best interest. I really like Huntsville, but I really thought that if I went to Tech early it would definitely help me, and just kind of take some of the stress off of my parents. It was more of a family decision instead of just a personal choice."

"I'm really looking forward to it. I know being there early is going to help in every way I can imagine. Just getting used to living a new life on that level, much less adjusting to the competition and speed of the game, will all be made just a little bit easier now because of the extra time I'll get. This process has been a long one and a little exhausting at times, but it's going to be worth it. I love Texas Tech and I can't wait to be an official part of the university in just a week."

Edwards committed to Texas Tech in March over offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Louisville, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, and Utah.


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