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Without question, one of the most impressive running back prospects we have seen on film this season is Jamaal Edwards from Greensboro (N.C) Dudley High School. Edwards has it all, size, speed and power.

Last season as a junior, Jamaal Edwards rushed for close to 2,400 yards and 31 scores in leading his team to the state championship game. They lost 19-18 and that defeat is the motivation for a big senior year.

"We finished 11and 4 but we lost the state championship game," Edwards said. "That hurt and none of us want to feel like that ever again. It gave us extra motivation to work hard this off-season."

You got to love Edwards as a back because he has it all – size, speed and power. On film, he looks like a big back but he is only 6-0 and 202 pounds. Even at that size, Edwards runs a blazing forty, sometimes sub-4.4. At the recent Shrine Bowl Combine he ran a 4.37.

"I think I am the type of back that can break the long one. I am a playmaker. I am also a complete back because I can catch and block but I am not asked to block that much."

As expected, it has been a busy month of May for Edwards but he knew it was coming.

"Other players and people kind of told me what would happen and it all did. I was ready for it. I am enjoying it because I know this is a once in a lifetime thing."

According to Edwards, he has around 15 scholarship offers right now (he has lost count) including offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Duke, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. That's not a bad offer list!

"Right now, my top six are UNC, FSU, Miami, Clemson, Florida and NC State. I am open. I want to pick a school that comes to play… that is serious about me. I will take all my visits and see what is the best place for me."

Growing up, the young Edwards was a fan of Florida State, like former great North Carolina high school running back Nick Maddox.

"They have always been my team. Always. Nick (Maddox) is a guy that I have always looked up to. I know him from camping at Florida State. I have been going since the 8th grade. And who wouldn't want to play in Florida. It's the football state. But I am really open right now. All the schools I like are great school and it's going to boil down to which one I can work with the best."

This summer, Edwards plans on camping at FSU and possibly some others as well. Stay tuned for that. And this fall, Edwards plans on winning the state title. Or at least that's the goal for he and his Dudley teammates. After all, they have extra motivation. Stay tuned for that as well.

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