Prospect Discusses His Pick Of The Tigers

Auburn's seventh public football verbal commitment says he is excited about his choice of the Tigers.

Columbus, Miss.--Bruce Edwards says that the coaching staff and the relationships he has seen with the coaches and players at Auburn were a major factor in deciding to play his college football for the Tigers.

The 5-10, 165-pound wide receiver from Columbus, Miss., High School picked the Tigers over Ole Miss and others. He also picked football over baseball.

"I am not sure which one is my favorite," he says. "It really depends on the season because I like both a lot."

Bruce Edwards is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the South this season.

Edwards uses his speed to excel in both sports. He has stolen 73 bases in three years as a starter at Columbus High and has never been thrown out at second base. This season as a wide receiver, who also sees spot duty as a free safety and nickel back, he has nine touchdowns and is averaging 21 yards per reception. He has started for 2 1/2 seasons in football.

Edwards says that he had dual football/baseball scholarship offers from Ole Miss, which was his second choice, as well as Vanderbilt and Southern Miss. He also considered a football only scholarship offer from Alabama.

Bruce Edwards

A good student who should have no problem qualifying, he is on the same team with another Auburn commitment, defensive end Viciente DeLoach. A 6-4, 220-pounder, DeLoach's season was cut short by an injury. "Viciente is doing a lot better," Edwards says. "He is off his crutches and has a walking cast on."

A standout at an Auburn summer football camp where he ran times of 4.48 and 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, Edwards says that his best time of 4.3 came at a strongman competition at his school. He bench presses 225 pounds and squats 405.

As a part-time member of the track team, he ran a 10.8 100 meters in a qualifying meet for the state championships despite being less than full speed with a hamstring problem. "I think I can run a 10.5 meters when I am full speed," he says. "Last year my coach told me that it would be best for me if I didn't keep running after I hurt my hamstring. I am not sure if I am going to run this year. It depends on how the baseball team does. If we are in the state playoffs, that keeps me from running track."

Edwards says that he likes Auburn assistant coaches Phillip Lolley and Greg Knox. Lolley recruits the Columbus, Miss., area for the Tigers in addition to coaching cornerbacks. Knox, who coaches wide receivers, is expected to be his position coach at AU.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Edwards says he isn't certain what he will major in as a college student, but does know that he is interested in forensic science...In baseball he is a second baseman and centerfielder. He says that he might try to walk on and try baseball at Auburn, too, but says he isn't sure about that.

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