Westlake (GA) defensive back Mario Edwards boasts four scholarship offers – Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Baylor and Tulane – and is also receiving heavy interest from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Minnesota and Ohio State. Among these programs, Edwards has one favorite and knows two official visit destinations.
“I’ll probably take all five,” Edwards said of his official visits. “I’m definitely going to Virginia Tech and Mississippi State. I’m thinking about going to the Miami/Virginia Tech game, but I don’t know if that will happen. I’m probably going to Mississippi State here in the next two or three weeks.”
Edwards discussed what he likes about Mississippi State and Virginia Tech.
“Mississippi State was one of the first schools to talk to me,” Edwards said. “I like their coaching staff. I like that it is one of the only schools with a black head coach. And Coach [Sylvester] Croom’s a good person.
“Virginia Tech has good overall academics and a good football team. It has a good defensive back tradition.”
Asked if he had a favorite, Edwards replied “Virginia Tech has the nod.” A big part of the reason may be Lorenzo Ward. Ward, who is the primary recruiter, has been very active in recruiting Edwards. Tech’s defensive backs coach called on the first day coaches could call recruits and has called Edwards every Monday since.
“Coach Ward is a good guy,” Edwards said. “He’s a players coach.”
At 6-1, 180 pounds, Edwards plays free safety and cornerback for Westlake. As a junior last season, he made 75 tackles, had 10 pass deflections and two interceptions. He’s being recruited by most schools to play safety, but Tech has said cornerback or safety.
“I play free safety and cornerback,” Edwards said. He has been timed at 4.6 flat in the 40. “My strengths are that I can read the quarterback and I’m smart out there.”
Westlake is 2-2 in 2005. It lost the opening two games but has rebounded to capture the last two. Edwards is off to a solid start, racking up around 30 tackles in the first four games.
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