NC RB Is The Real Deal!

Jamaal Edwards, a 6-foot-0 and 200 pound running back with 4.4 40-speed, is considered one of the top running backs in the Southeast. The Greensboro (NC) Dudley high school senior to be has the offers to back up his hype including one from Florida State. The caught up with his high school coach to get the latest on his recruitment.

"Right now Jamaal is wide open and he has a ton of offers," Head coach Victor Floyd said. "We are going to hit a couple of places this summer so he can check out things. He will visit unofficially North Carolina, Florida State, Tennessee and Virginia."

Next season with the graduation of running back Greg Jones the Noles will be down to two scholarship running backs in Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker. It's more than likely that the Noles will be looking to add a couple of backs to the fold.

Will Edwards be one of them?

"Jamaal will head down to Florida State in July," Coach Floyd said. "He has attended every summer football camp at Florida State since he's been in high school. Florida State is his childhood favorite team. From what their coaches are telling me, Jamaal is the top running back on their board. That might have changed now but the last time I talked with them, Jamaal and a kid from Louisiana were the only two backs that they have offered."

With offers from such programs as Miami, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee, it's easy to see that Edwards is a special player. What exactly is the attraction?

"He's multi-dimensional player," Floyd said. "He's gifted to the point that he probably could play four to five positions in college. He has the hips to play corner and he has good size. I can see him tapping out in the 218 to 220 pound range in college."

Some of his comparisons to former great college running backs are quite staggering to say the least.

"Coaches from both Miami and Florida have come up here and told me that he's a lot like Edgerrin James," he said. "A Nebraska coach said that he's identical to Lawrence Phillips."

According to Coach Floyd, Edwards will go through the process but he probably won't wait until the very end.

Edwards is very close to academically qualifying. With a slight improvement in his SAT score, he should have no problem making it in to school.

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