July 28, 2011

Ohio CB picks MSU over Nebraska, Louisville

The good news kept coming today as Michigan State picked up a commitment from Canton McKinley High School cornerback Jermaine Edmondson. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect becomes the 13th member of the class of 2012 and the second player from that storied high school program to pledge to the Spartans.

Earlier this week SpartanMag.com, spoke with Edmondson and he informed us that not only had he been offered by Michigan State, but they were one of his top choices. Today he decided to make it official and become a member to the Spartan recruiting class of for 2012. We asked him about making his college choice.

"Yes, I committed to Michigan state," Edmondson said. "I talked with my coach and then I sat down with my dad and we went over all of the pluses and minuses of each school and Michigan State came out on top. I just really liked everything about the school. Nebraska and Louisville. were the other schools I was looking at closely."

Edmondson camped at Michigan State back in June. The Spartan staff made it very clear that they were pretty much holding an open competition for the cornerback scholarship spot and a host of prospects came to both sessions of camp looking to impress the staff. In the end, it was Edmondson that the Michigan State felt was the top overall playmaker. His combination of size, speed and skills is what made him the top choice for the scholarship.

SpartanMag.com asked Edmondson if he had talked with the Spartan staff today.

"Yes, I spoke with Coach Narduzzi and Coach Barnett," he said. "They were both real excited to have me be a part of the class. They really like my height at cornerback, my awareness and my ability to go get the ball. I have not spoken with Coach Dantonio yet. He is doing stuff for the Big Ten media days, so I will be talking with him later today."

When Edmondson was on campus for an unofficial visit at Michigan State he was able to tour the facilities, see the campus and build rapport with the coaches and some of the players. In the end it was the rapport he built which made the difference.

"Everything was really nice at Michigan State, but what stood out to me as the relationship I was able to build with the coaches and players. I just really felt at home when I was there."

Edmondson will join fellow McKinley standout Se'Von Pittman as future Spartan We asked Edmondson if he had spoken with his current and future teammate.

"Yes, he was real excited for me," Edmondson said. "He was proud of my decision and we talked about how we are going to do great things this fall and up at Michigan State."

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow the season of Canton McKinley High School this fall. We will be uploading highlight film of both Edmondson and Pittman in action.

  • Note: Coach Dantonio did speak with Edmondson after we got done speaking with him. Dantonio broke out of the middle of an interview to speak with the newest member of the Spartan family.

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