Edwards excited about first offer

Arizona is the first school to offer offensive lineman Derek Edwards. Read on to see how he feels about the offer, his next step in recruiting, and more.

Arizona has offered a large amount of players in the past few days and one of those players is 6-foot-4, 255-pound Detroit Catholic Central offensive lineman Derek Edwards.

Arizona is the first school to offer Edwards and while it came as somewhat of a surprise, Edwards says he could not be more excited.

"It is my first college offer so I was definitely ecstatic when I got it," Edwards said. "I started freaking out in the car. I got a call from Coach Magee who said Coach Rodriguez would be calling me the next day to officially offer me, which happened on Saturday. It was awesome and I could not have been happier."

The offer may have come as a surprise, but a closer look at the process reveals that Edwards has a connection with the current Arizona coaching staff.

"I actually did not see it coming," Edwards said. "I have been working at Barwis Methods with Mike Barwis. He was the strength coach for Rodriguez at Michigan and West Virginia and I have been talking with him a lot about getting in contact with different colleges.

"He gave me Magee's number at Arizona and we started talking a bit and they started talking to me more because they liked my film. I did not think it was going to happen as quickly as it did, but I was really hoping that it would."

When Rodriguez got Edwards on the phone, Edwards says the head coach made it clear how much he wants him at Arizona.

"He said that all of the coaches watched my film and he watched it with them and they all really liked it," Edwards said. "I have never been down there, so they really want me to come down there some time and visit the campus to look at the football facilities and talk to them. We are looking into that to see the best time to go down there and meet and talk with them face to face."

Arizona is the first offer, but certainly not the only school involved as Edwards could be close to getting a few more.

"I have been hearing a lot from Michigan State and Syracuse," Edwards said. "I have also had a little contact with Purdue and I am definitely getting into the game with Michigan here soon and hopefully a couple other ones that I will be contacting."

Edwards does not intend to make a decision any time soon and feels that he is likely to take some official visits.

"I would really like to do official visits," he said. "I am not looking to commit anywhere right away. I am keeping my options open and seeing what is going to happen and the next couple months seeing if any other schools are interested in me. I am taking it one step at a time and not making any drastic decisions just yet."

As Edwards goes through the process, he knows the criteria he will be looking at when visiting and talking to the schools involved.

"I am looking for really good academics first of all because football is not guaranteed, so if that does not end up working out, definitely having a good degree to fall back on is important," he said. "Also, making sure I am in good hands with the coaching staff.

"It is not always about going to the best college that has the best history, but definitely the best coaches that I feel fit me and my personality. After that would be just the football program and the success and how it looks for the next four years I would be there."

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