Visit Leads To Offer For Virginia CB

The ball continues to roll for Woodbridge (VA) corner Evrett Edwards. The Illini got it started, and after receiving back-to-back-to-back offers earlier this month, Edwards added two more to the mix this week. Has several big visits approaching.

"I had a feeling," admitted Evrett Edwards Saturday, reporting an offer from Duke while on his visit to the University.

The Blue Devils join Wake Forest (offered last Tuesday), West Virginia, Illinois, Boston College, and Ohio on the 5'11, 175-pounder's offer plate.

"My position coach (Derek Jones) brought me, my family, and my girlfriend into his office. We had a great conversation, and during the conversation he offered me," Edwards explained. "He said I was groomed for that school, and that my upbringing is very similar to that of the kids they have there. They like that I'm smart, and that I'm competitive in the classroom as well as on the field, and nowadays that's hard to find."

The Edwards family entered the weekend's visit fairly familiar with the campus.

"Our AAU National Tournament was at Duke back in junior high," said Edwards, "so my parents and I got to check it out when we were there."

Still, he admitted it was nice to get to see more this time around. And get some quality one-on-one time with coaches. Not to mention, the offer.

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Of his six offers, he noted the news of Duke excited him most, along with that of Illinois in February and Wake Forest last Tuesday.

Illinois: "Illinois was the first, so I was real excited about that one. And I've spoken with everyone on the staff. I'm talking with the head coach, the defensive coordinator, and my position coach. That's not usually the case. Coach Beckman, we had a nice 10, 15 minute conversation. That's a big deal speaking with the head coach as a recruit. To have all the cell phone numbers of all the coaches, that's not done very often."

Duke: "Duke has a lot to offer. It's a private school, has nice new facilities, and they have what I want to major in, International Business. They don't technically have a business program, but the coaches said they have something similar to interstudies, where they would compile a bunch of material that is comparable to what I want to major in."

"The head coach (Cutcliffe) also gave me his cell phone number, so that was a big deal."

Wake Forest: "They also don't have a business program, but they're like Duke. They're willing to help me out. It's a private school, so they can do something that's comparable to what I want to pursue. They have companies, like Wells Fargo and Bank of America, that come through and recruit. They said these companies like to recruit football players because they know they're coachable, they're smart, and have the ability to ask questions, and that's what I want to be a part of in the business world."

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Edwards added that while mom and dad are leaving the decision in his lap, their opinion matters to him.

"They're really liking Duke and Illinois," he said.

More visits to come, though, as Edwards hits (offerer) West Virginia next week, followed by Northwestern April 13 and Illinois April 14.


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