"He decided to give football a shot."

Ed Stinson, defensive end from Homestead-South Dade, Fla., has only played football for a couple of years. Stinson was a star on the hardwood and decided to give football a shot. Smart move.

"His first time playing football was pretty much his junior year as an 11th grader, and you could tell right away the athletic ability," said Ivan Chicola Stinson's former coach at South Dade.

"He has great size and good speed for someone his size, and I think that's kind of what a lot of the schools are looking for."

"He was originally a basketball player. He was a 6-5 center, and you know there are not too many centers 6-5. He decided to give football a shot."

"He's a soft-spoken kid. Very quiet with a good work ethic."

Stinson recorded 55 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior, his first year to ever play football. He missed several games as a senior due to injuries. He originally committed to FSU.

Ed Stinson could play the 'Jack' linebacker position. He projects as a very elite college defender with tremendous potential.

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