Derek Edwards has already built a solid relationship with Arizona coaches, but the offer may have come sooner than expected because of a third-party. Rich Rodriguez was given a heads up about the guard from a long time friend and former colleague, Mike Barwis. Edwards trains with Barwis in Michigan.
"Now that Rich Rodriguez is at Arizona, (Barwis) helped me get in contact with them," Edwards said. "They saw my highlight tape and said they loved it. I was offered about a week later. That was my first official offer and now I keep in contact with them weekly."
Edwards has talked to coaches Tony Dews and Calvin Magee over the past few months and has developed a strong relationship with them. Dews is visiting the Michigan area in a few weeks and Edwards hopes to have a personal meeting with him.
"I've talked to Coach Dews a bit," he said. "He sounds like a great guy and a genuine coach, so I'm looking forward to meeting him face to face."
Arizona offering first will definitely have a positive impact on Edwards' recruitment. The offer has already peaked his interest in an official visit to the desert.
"We're looking to get down there for a visit, preferably during the official visit time," Edwards said.
Edwards is interested in going to a school that can offer a good education that will prepare him for life after football. In addition, he says he is interested in studying business in college.
"I'm definitely looking for a good academic school because football isn't always guaranteed," he said. "I want to get a good degree if football doesn't work out for me."