Buffs Still in Running for Talented Safety

After visiting Colorado earlier this month, the South's 19th-ranked safety has three official visits scheduled for the month of January.

Miramar (Fla.) safety Brian Edwards has official visit dates locked in with Louisville (1/13), Miami (Fl) (1/20) and Florida for after the New Year, but is also flirting with the idea of journeying out to Oregon for a mid-week official visit after earning an offer from Willie Taggart earlier in the week.

Edwards, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior that was previously committed to both the Cardinals and Hurricanes, is labeled as Scout's 19th-ranked safety out of the talent-loaded South.

"I'm going to Louisville on the 13th, but I'm going to try to get that Oregon visit in during that week of the 13th before I head up to Louisville," Edwards said. "I'm going to try to do that."

The lone official visit that Edwards has taken up to this point is Colorado, who rolled out the red carpet and welcomed him to campus just a couple of weeks back on Dec. 9.

"Boulder is a great place," Edwards said. "I thought it was going to be colder than what I had expected, but it got cold at night. It's a great place with great facilities, and you can see what they're going to be doing in a few years. The program really has turned over.

"They said I'm a big-time player and number one on their board. They made sure that I knew they were a good academic school and that I'll be able to do whatever with what I want to major in, especially them having the major (communications) I want.

"(What impressed me is) them having that, seeing the facilities, and just knowing that I can come in as a true freshman and play early."


It was nearly a week following Edwards' trip out to Colorado when defensive coordinator, Jim Leavitt, opted for a change and accepted the same position with Willie Taggart and the Ducks.

It's truly difficult to commit to a coach with all of the uncertainty in today's day-and-age of college football, so has Leavitt's recent move had any affect on the Buffaloes' overall standing with Edwards?

"I mean, no it hasn't," Edwards said. "I just went out there on my official, and talking with the whole staff and being around all the players and some of the commits, Colorado is going to stay in this race.

"They've been good at communicating with me, but it's a big-time thing with Oregon right now. Having them get into the picture with Florida and Miami is going to be a tough decision, but it's going to be good to have Oregon in."

In fact, it was Leavitt that came calling and delivered Edwards' scholarship offer from the school residing in Eugene, Oregon.

"I was talking to coach (Jim Leavitt) and he's a great guy," Edwards said. "Just seeing what he did at Colorado, and now we're about to see what he's going to do at Oregon. He said I'm a big-time target for them, so that was good to hear from coach.

"Oregon is a big-time school, and just to hear from them is great. They've had great DBs and players come out of there, like De'Anthony Thomas. I like the type of conference they're in, type of teams they play, and also the big-time impact they make.

"It's a place to be, so that's a good thing about Oregon right there." 

Edwards, who claims no leaders, plans to reveal his decision on National Signing Day.

As always, stay tuned to Scout.

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