The first time Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer pulled aside Tariq and Tyrell Edwards following a camp, it was after Tech’s June senior camp and it was to inform the Marlboro County (Bennettsville, S.C.) standouts that he was interested but wanted to see more. The brothers returned to Blacksburg on Saturday for Tech’s second senior camp and this time the results were much better.
This time, the brothers would leave Blacksburg having been offered by Tech’s head coach.
“We went into the building and it was a private tour after the camp was over,” 6-4, 225-pound Tariq Edwards said. “At the end, Coach Beamer laid everything out on the table.
“There was a lot of excitement there. Coach Foster said he’d be ready to work with me at linebacker. If I beef up, Coach Wiles said he’d work with me at defensive end.”
Tariq hoped for an offer but admitted that landing the offer was slightly unexpected.
“I was very excited,” Tariq said. “I was kind of surprised by the offer. I didn’t expect Coach Beamer to pull us aside. He pulled us at the last camp to tell us he wanted to see us again, so I didn’t know what to expect this time.”
Should the Edwards brothers commit to Virginia Tech, they both would enroll in January of 2010.
“Basically, I’d come in as a grey-shirt,” Tariq said. “I’d grow more before I got there, so I’d be able to fit in easier and everything. I’d be more advanced by the time I got to Virginia Tech. I think grey-shirting actually would probably help more than hurt. It wouldn’t hurt at all, but it would help as far as me developing.”
Clemson, Duke, Illinois, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest are among the programs that have offered Tariq, who admits that the Hokies are very high on his list.
“One of the other schools could still be high, too, but as far as Tech goes it probably is on top right now. There are other teams in there, too, as far as South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois and N.C. State. Wake was good, too,” said Tariq, who adds that a college decision could come anytime within the next month or so.
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