The Latest on the Edwards Brothers

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Marlboro County (Bennettsville, S.C.) brothers Tyrell Edwards verbally committed to Virginia Tech earlier this summer, accepting January 2010 gray-shirt opportunities. One of the brothers has now publicly de-committed from Virginia Tech, although he is still considering the Hokies offer.

“Tyrell did de-commit,” said Marlboro County head coach Dean Boyd, who guided the team to a state semifinal this season. “N.C. State is looking at offering those young men at regular enrollment and not gray-shirt. N.C. State told Tyrell that he couldn’t take an official visit there as long as he was committed somewhere else. He wanted to get a visit there. I think he and his brother are still excited about Virginia Tech, but not about the gray-shirt deal.”

Tyrell has set an official visit to N.C. State according to Boyd, who wasn’t sure of the exact date.

“Tyrell is really in a good situation,” Boyd said. “He still has the gray-shirt if he wants it, but he can also see what N.C. State does.”

While 6-4, 220-pound Tyrell has de-committed, 6-4, 225-pound Tariq is currently still sticking with the Hokies. Tariq, a talented defensive end/linebacker prospect, is still seriously considering at least one other program, however, and may want to gain regular enrollment status from Tech.

“Illinois pursued Tariq hard, but they said last week that they are not going to pursue him anymore unless he is truly interested. I think he told them he was interested and he’d like to talk to them more,” Boyd said. Tariq did take an official visit to Illinois earlier this fall.

“Tariq is holding firm right now, but he is waiting to see if Virginia Tech will offer him regular enrollment now. [Former Virginia Tech standout] Bo [Campbell, father of Tariq and Tyrell] and him acted like they were under the impression that Virginia Tech didn’t offer regular enrollment because no more scholarships were available. Later, they felt like people were added on after Tariq accepted the gray-shirt. I’m not totally sure of the situation, but that is my impression.”

Coach Boyd believes both brothers remain very high on Virginia Tech, saying, “When it comes down to it, I think the school they are both leaning to is still Virginia Tech. At least that’s how they act when they are around me.”

At the same time, he wouldn’t