Coaches' Corner: DeVon Edwards

Duke DB coach Derek Jones sits down with TDD to discuss the latest Georgia speedster to enroll

Name: Devon Edwards
Position: Defensive Back
Ht/Wt: 5-foot-9, 185 pounds
Projected 2012 Status: Redshirt

Early Evaluation: "This was a situation where we didn't know too much about this kid, and I'm not too sure anyone really did. There were no rating services on him, there were no lists in which he appears. He just came out of nowhere. We ended getting some game tape and going down to evaluate him and loved what we saw." - Derek Jones

What Earned The Offer: "He did a lot of the little things you look for as a coach. He was very quick and fluid in every movement, and he always seemed to be in on plays. That's big for us because with our scheme, we really rely on open field tackling. You coach guys to be able to do that, and DeVon had a knack for always meeting the ball and making big plays. When I saw his tape, I loved what I saw out of him." - Derek Jones

On What Duke Wants In CBs: "Like I said, we want guys who can stop the ball. Sometimes that's a guy who will make a tough catch in traffic, and sometimes that's a guy who will break up a play. You have to defend the ball and the opponent equally well. We want our cornerbacks to be able to do both and to be able to get the opponent on the ground. If the defensive line and linebackers can't stop a guy, it's up to the defensive backs to come up big for us.

On Edwards' Needed Improvements: "DeVon is still relatively new to the game of football. To this point he's been more of a natural feel guy who can use his great athleticism to cover up some things. We want to give him a chance to learn how to continue to build his understanding of the game and pair that with his athleticism. He's also a guy who could factor in on special teams very early." - Derek Jones

Recruiting Recap: After missing his junior year and most of the summer with an injury, Edwards flew under the radar until Duke found him in the middle of 2011 football season. The Blue Devils extended an offer shortly after the North Carolina game and Edwards accepted within 48 hours.

Edwards says that there are many things to like about the Duke program, which made it easy for him to make his decision so quickly.

"I knew it was the right place for me after my visit and meeting all of the coaches and seeing how there character was. They actually care about there players. Also, seeing the graduation rate and what I can do with a degree at Duke. It is an up and coming program. We turned around my high school program and I think we can do the same thing at Duke."

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