Auburn picked up two early verbal commitments from football prospects at Columbus High. One of those players, defensive end Viciente DeLoach, signed with Ole Miss as expected after having a change of heart prior to visiting Auburn. The defensive end missed most of his senior year with two injuries and committed to the Rebels after deciding to take an official visit there before taking a trip planned to Auburn. Once he said that he was going to be a Rebel, AU moved on to other defensive ends, a strategy that paid major dividends, with the Tigers coming through with an outstanding defensive end signee group that features six new players.
Edwards, who was the fastest player at any of the Auburn summer football camps in 2002, waited late to sign because his father had questions about whether or not signing a scholarship would prevent the speedster from being eligible for the Major League Baseball Draft in June. Signing a college scholarship will not prevent Edwards from being drafted in baseball.
Edwards, who is 5-10, 165 pounds with sub 4.5 speed in the 40, is an outstanding baseball player. He is considered a pro prospect in that sport, but he says his plans are to attend Auburn and give total concentration to football. He is the only wide receiver signee in Auburn's 2003 class and says he plans to come to AU early in the summer and work out with his future teammates.
As a senior, Edwards finished with 1,045 all--purpose yards and scored nine touchdowns. He caught 24 passes for 404 yards before changing positions to finish the season at quarterback when the team had its three QBs go down with injuries. He also rushed 39 times for 410 yards as a wingback and a quarterback.
Edwards, who has run a 10.8 100 meters, is also a strong student. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club.
"I really like the coaches and players at Auburn and I am looking forward to getting started there," Edwards says.