Marlboro County (Bennettsville, S.C.) linebacker/defensive end Tariq Edwards isn’t quite sure when he’ll arrive in Blacksburg – he has to clarify with primary recruiter Charley Wiles whether he’ll enroll this summer or in January of 2010 – but he is certain of where he’ll be on June 13th. On the 13th the 6-3, 212-pound prospect will head to Canton, Ohio, to play for the USA junior national football team in the IFAF junior world championship games.
“It means a great deal to me to be selected to play in such a high profile tournament and I am so thankful that I was selected,” Edwards said.
Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer stated on USAfootball.com, “Tariq is a versatile athlete who can play a lot of positions, and I think it is good in this type of game to have a guy who can do different things. Playing on USA Football’s Junior National Team is a wonderful opportunity for him. He is such a quality person; I know that he will represent both his country and our program well.”
One of the top senior defensive prospects in South Carolina, Edwards totaled 102 tackles including five tackles for loss and three sacks as a senior in 2008. He had 81 tackles and four sacks the previous season. Not resting on the success he enjoyed in high school, Edwards has been working hard this off-season with some help from his father, former Virginia Tech standout Bo Campbell.
“I have been doing plenty of running, push-ups and the workout plan that Virginia Tech sent us in March,” Edwards said. “Mentally, I have been watching plenty of film that my father recorded from the games and I have been getting hyped from the highlights on Youtube.”
Edwards expects to line up as an outside linebacker, which is the position he feels he would be most successful at in Bud Foster’s defense. He expects his brother, Tyrell, to play split end. Tariq wouldn’t care to battle against his brother in practice, as he is just excited about the prospect of being a Hokie along with his twin.
“To have a chance to play for Virginia Tech is mind-blowing for me because they have one of the best collegiate programs in the country and they’re defense is outstanding. To have my brother along side is even better because we can keep our bond in a different aspect of our lives,”
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