Johnathon Edwards had some FCS options coming out of high school but he wanted to play a higher level like his father, former Mississippi State tight end Trenell Edwards. His risk of going to the Junior College route is starting to pay off. Edwards has picked up two offers - from Colorado and West Virginia - in the last two weeks.
"I really don't know how Colorado found out about me because the day they offered me, I wasn't up there. That was the day we went home for summer break," Edwards explained. "My coach called me and told me about the offer. They tell me they like the way I play and the fact I would be a good fit for the team.
"I am glad Colorado offered. I looked into their program and I know about the football team now. I was impressed with how they did last season and where the college is located."
The Mountaineers has also made a good early impression on the Mississippi native.
"Similar to Colorado, I have heard good things about West Virginia," Edwards said. "Their school is located in a nice environment and they have had success in the past."
Memphis has also been showing interest and Edwards expects more colleges to enter the picture as his recruitment advances.
"I want to pick a program that will help me graduate," he said. "Everything else is second to that in my mind."
One of just two freshmen starters on Norheast Mississippi C.C.'s defense in 2016, Edwards showed off his versatility by playing free safety, rover and even some cornerback. Currently 6-foot-2, 185-pounds, Edwards is trying to gain some weight before his sophomore campaign, but even as a lanky defensive back, he shows a willingness to get physical on film.
"How long I am and the way I play, it gives me a better ankle on the ball and it helps me make plays," he said.