Sitting at home in Florida looking for a place to revive his college career, Kendrick Edwards was not thinking Arkansas State until Red Wolves assistant coach Brian Early called.
“Coach Early called me when he knew I was looking for a place to play,’’ said Edwards, who left the University of Arkansas after the fall semester. “I knew him and I liked him. He’s a good guy.”
So based on his relationship with Early, Edwards, a 6-foot-6, 225 pound receiver, opted to commit with the Red Wolves over four other schools, most of the G5 programs. He plans to make his first visit to Jonesboro when the second summer term begins in late June.
“I talked with some of the players who are up there and they said it was was a cool place to go and if you like an offense that throws the ball around a lot they do. They said it was the place to go.”
Edwards played two seasons at Arkansas and lettered as a freshman and sophomore. His first season he caught 4 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown and grabbed 4 passes for 51 yards last season.
He was granted his release in late October.
“At Arkansas the X receiver didn't get a lot of ball. It was mainly a decoy. With the new coordinator, it changed some but they mainly threw to the Z (inside) and tight end.”
Edwards will have to sit the 2016 season but should join a receiving crop in 17 that included 6-5 Justin McInnis and 6-3 Omar Bayless.
“I’ve watched some Arkansas State games and I like the offense a lot,’’ he said.
Now he must wait a year until the sees the field.
“I’m OK with that,’’ said Edwards. “I’ve talked with some guys who have gone through that and they said just work on your game and get bigger and stronger. I still have a lot of things I need to improve on.”