Friend Won't Influence His Decision, Prospect Says

This football prospect discusses his recruitment and his senior season.

Columbus, Miss.--Although his teammate and friend has backed away from an early verbal commitment to Auburn, Bruce Edwards says he is standing by his decision to be an Auburn football Tiger.

Edwards, a speedy wide receiver who actually finished his senior season as a quarterback, is scheduled to take his official visit to Auburn this weekend. Fellow Columbus High teammate, defensive end Viciente DeLoach, was scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend, too. However, he decided to take a visit to Ole Miss last weekend and told the Rebel coaches he was going to sign with Ole Miss.

"We are good friends and eat lunch together every day," Edwards tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He decommitted and is going to Ole Miss. He said he loved it on his visit."

If DeLoach does go to Ole Miss, the two will be on competing teams because Edwards says that his mind is made up to play wide receiver for Auburn. He says Ole Miss is still trying to recruit him, but he has told them he is not interested.

The 5-10, 165-pounder is one of the fastest players the Tigers are recruiting. As a senior, he finished with 1,045 all--purpose yards and scored nine touchdowns. He caught 24 passes for 404 yards before changing positions. He also rushed 39 times for 410 yards as a wingback and a quarterback.

"I hadn't played quarterback since the seventh grade, but we went through a lot of injuries on our team," Edwards explains. "We lost all three quarterbacks and the last two or three games I ended up playing quarterback. One of the games I had 179 yards rushing. The coaches were trying to figure a way to get the ball to me and decided it would be best to put me at quarterback. I ran the ball mostly on bootlegs and keepers."

Bruce Edwards

Edwards, who has been nominated to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game this summer in Mobile, is turning his attention to baseball, another sport at which he excels. In three years as a starter, he has stolen 73 bases and never been thrown out at second base.

As a senior, if he can work out the schedule, he will try to run track, too. He has been clocked at 10.8 for the 100 meters and says he feels like he can run faster than that. He is scheduled to play centerfield, shortstop and pitcher in baseball. Practice for the Columbus High team begins on the 21st of January.

Edwards, who is interested in forensic science, says that he is looking forward to meeting with the coaches, his future teammates and academic representatives during his official visit to Auburn. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Beta Club and just got another honor roll report card back within the past week.

Tiger Ticket Extra: "I plan to come in to Auburn in July and get a feel for the atmosphere of Auburn and get to know the players real well," Edwards says. "My main goal as a freshman is to earn a position with the football team. What I really want to do is exceed the expectations of the coaching staff and I want to get off to a good start in the classroom."...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.


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