Tariq Edwards Updates Verbal Status

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Marlboro County (Bennettsville, S.C.) outside linebacker/defensive end Tariq Edwards made an official visit to the University of Illinois this past weekend. The visit was a surprise considering the 6-4, 225-pound standout senior verbally committed to Virginia Tech earlier this summer, but at this time it appears Edwards still plans on signing with Tech in February.

Edwards said his official visit to Illinois “was a good visit. Everything went good as far as getting to know the coaches and players. Everything was pretty good.”

Asked to characterize Virginia Tech’s position, he replied, “I remain committed to Virginia Tech, but I’m trying to look at other schools to get the best decision as far as if grey-shirting at Virginia Tech is the best decision for me. I’d rather see if coming in January of 2010 is best for me or if I’d want to go somewhere and come in with my class.”

Illinois is currently the only other program in the race besides Virginia Tech, though Edwards boasted scholarship offers from Clemson, Duke, N.C. State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt before committing to the Hokies. He and his brother Tyrell, who has also committed to Tech as a grey-shirt, have kept in touch with primary recruiter Charley Wiles.

“He just wanted to make sure I’m still committed. He asked if I would still be a Hokie,” Edwards said of his recent discussion with Wiles. “Coach Wiles wanted to see if we could set an official visit there to spend a full 48 hours there.

“I’m pretty firm right now, unless I find something else that just blows me away. Right now, I think Virginia Tech is where I want to be.”

Tariq has performed very well on the defensive side of the ball this season, tallying 70 tackles in eight games (Marlboro County is 5-3 on the season). He has mostly played outside linebacker, a position Virginia Tech will give him a shot at playing on the next level. Edwards also has the potential to play defensive end.

A good athlete, Edwards says he has “plenty of receptions” at tight end this season. He also plays wide receiver on offense.

Tyrell Edwards…

Tyrell was unavailable for comment, but Tariq updated his brother’s performance this season. Virginia Tech is recruiting Tyrell as a potential tight end, wide receiver or linebacker.

“He has been doing good as well,”