2015 Safety Talks Tigers; Decision Timeline

Talented junior safety Ben Edwards talks about the Auburn Tigers and what he likes about the program. He also talks about his top five and when he hopes to make a decision.

Jacksonville, Fla.--Expected to be one of the top safety prospects in the South for the 2015 class and already a three-star on Scout.com, 6-0, 195 Ben Edwards from Trinity Christian is a player who has been high on the Auburn Tigers since taking a visit to the Plains last summer.

Getting to know the new staff and hearing their vision for the future, Edwards put the Tigers at the top of his list before the 2013 season even began.

Making an early visit to see Auburn take down Mississippi State, Edwards' love for the Tigers only increased. Watching as the team got hot and made it all the way to the BCS National Championship Game before a last-second loss to Florida State, he says that it was just an amazing thing to see and he's excited about what the future holds for the program.

"They had a great season," Edwards tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I wasn't expecting that at all. I went to the first game and they were pretty good, but I didn't think they would end up in the national championship. I really enjoyed watching them play this year.

"They showed me that they are some really good coaches," he adds of the Tigers. "They know how to win and how to put their players in the right position to make plays. They are just a great coaching staff."

Getting an opportunity to branch out and visit several more schools during the fall, Edwards finds himself with a top five of Auburn, Stanford, North Carolina, UCLA and Georgia Tech at the moment with the possibility of a decision coming soon. Wanting to get it behind him and focus on finishing up strong as as senior, he notes it could come as early as two weeks from now when he finds the right program and university for him and his future.

"Something that is big for me is my relationship with the coaches and which coaches I feel the most comfortable with," Edwards notes. "Also the defensive scheme, I want to be comfortable in the scheme no matter which school I go to. Also just the school in general, I want a good education."

His comfort level with Auburn safety coach Charlie Harbison is definitely one of the reasons why Edwards is looking strongly at the Tigers. A veteran coach who has a personality that players respond to, Harbison being at Auburn could have a big impact on Edwards when the time comes to choose his school.

"He's a real cool coach," Edwards says. "I try to talk to him just about every week. He likes me a lot and my parents like him a lot. He's a real cool coach and a Christian man. He's real laid back and chill, and you can tell he cares about all of his players. I just like him a lot."

Also very familiar with Auburn's campus, players and facilities after four different visits since last summer, Edwards notes that familiarity is something that is huge for the Tigers' chances as well.

"It helps a lot," Edwards says. "I have talked to some of the players and I'm getting to know them and how they feel, how the coaches are treating them and everything. I can just see the coaches work and how they run things at Auburn. It's a really good school."

Edwards is a teammate of 2016 running back Jalin Buie, who announced on Thursday that he plans to sign with the Tigers following his senior season.

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