Edison Talks About Trip To Cal

Despite being a commit to Oregon State, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei defensive end Justin Edison took an official visit to Cal, the school he grew up rooting for, and the Bear staff will be visiting him this week...

Under the radar would be the best way to describe Justin Edison, a 6-4, 220-pound defensive end from Verbum Dei in Los Angeles, Calif.

Relatively new to the game, Edison also had to play in the shadow of teammate Akeem Ayers, the top defensive end in California.

Edison has only played football for a year and a half, but already the game is paying for his college, since Edison committed to Oregon State in December.

Still, one school has a chance to make an impression on him and possibly change his thinking, California, and Edison took an official trip there this past weekend.

"It was just a great trip," said Edison. "I really liked it up there and I got to meet with Coach (Jeff) Tedford right when I got there."

Edison didn't get an offer from the Bears, but the Cal staff will be in his home this week for a visit.

"They didn't say they were going to offer me but they are going to come to my house this week and we'll see what happens," said Edison. "I'm still committed to Oregon State, but I want to look at all of my options."

Fresno State was the first school to offer Edison then the Beavers followed suit, and Edison quickly jumped on it, despite not having taken an official visit to Corvallis.

Still, the Bears were his childhood favorite and Cal was the school he wanted to play for. In fact, his father, a former Verbum Dei football star, played with former Bear Hardy Nickerson, himself an alum of Verbum Dei. So when Edison had a chance to take a visit to Cal, he jumped on it.

"Derrick Hill was my host and he is really cool," said Edison. "We got along real well and I liked the campus a lot. Cal is a good school with a good football team. If they offered, I don't know what I would do. I probably wouldn't be able to make a decision until Signing Day."

This weekend, Edison will either visit Oregon State or possibly trip to UCLA, who despite a commitment from Ayers, is also interested in Edison. But the Beavers and Bulldogs hold the only two offers out to him.

"I'm solid to Oregon State, but I want to see what my options are before I make my final decision," said Edison.

A fast riser with big upside, Edison was one of the rocks of Verbum Dei's CIF Championship team, a steadying force during a rash of injuries that hit the Verb early in the year.

Edison finished the 2006 season with 83 tackles and 14 sacks with four deflections and added a pair of touchdowns from his tight end spot. He was named to the all-CIF team.


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