Edwards ready for official & to enroll early

A quick look at the depth chart for 2013 suggests that Duke will need some immediate help at cornerback. To that end, the Blue Devils will have their most highly sought after recruit from the class of 2013 enrolling next month in hopes that he will be able to earn his way onto the field very early next season.

"I am going to be enrolling in January," said Woodbridge (Va.) standout Evrett Edwards. "The coaches are telling me and showing me that they want me to come in and compete for an early spot."

Edwards, who played on both sides of the ball for his high school team, will head to Durham expecting to play cornerback. And while he knows there will be an adjustment period, the Duke coaches appear to believe he's ready.

"They've showed me the depth chart and we've talked a lot about it. I'm going to go down there with the mindset of being the best cornerback in the ACC and then the country. That's what you have to do as a DB, because if you are fortunate enough to get on the field it's inevitable that you are going to get beat, and offenses will target you. Because of that you just have to have a short memory so that you can bounce back and continue to play with the right approach and the right swagger."

The decision to enroll early, according to Edwards, was made back in the summer and has been adhered to throughout his senior season. Even as a number of programs continued to recruit and offer Edwards. All told, the three star prospect will be turning down offers from Penn State, Illinois, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Maryland, and Arizona State among others.

In the more immediate future, Edwards will be making an official visit to Durham this weekend, which was the point of sitting down with assistant coach Derek Jones on Thursday afternoon.

"He came by my school to just talk about things. We talk about a lot more than football. Today was mainly talking about the visit this weekend and what I wanted to do. I told him I'd really like to meet Ross Cockrell since a lot of people say we look alike. Ross is actually going to be hosting me for the weekend."

Following the visit, Edwards will return home to Virginia to finish up his graduation requirements at Woodbridge before heading to Durham in January.

"I know it's going to be a change, but I'm excited about it. I think I'm going to be rooming with Dequavais Mann, who is also coming in early. I feel like the opportunity to get down there and go through the weight training and Spring practice will be a big advantage for me, and I intend to make the most out of getting a head start."

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