Gators among Brian Edwards' leaders after the offered the Miramar safety

Brian Edwards' stock continues to rise. The Miramar defensive back picked up an offer from Florida after his performance at the Gators' 7-on-7 tournament on Friday, and now UF has moved up his list. Edwards discusses his new offer and where things stand in his recruitment.

Brian Edwards continues to add more suitors. One day after he competed at Florida's 7-on-7 tournament on Friday, the Miramar defensive back picked up an offer from the Gators. 

"It felt great," said the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder.  "I felt accomplished to finally get a Florida offer. I've been waiting for a long time for it, so it felt great." 

The South Florida native was offered by UF assistants: area recruiter, Randy Shannon, and defensive back coach, Torrian Gray. Even though Edwards had not heard much from the Gators prior to Friday, he had a feeling the offer was coming. 

"From the reactions I was getting from the coaches, I already had that feeling I was going to get that offer," he said. "[The coaches said] I was just playing like a beast out there, and there is that intensity in the way I played that they need at the Swamp." 

This is not the first time Shannon had seen Edwards in action. The Florida coach had also ventured down to Miramar to see the three-star defensive back play in his spring game. Shannon's connection to South Florida is certainly something Edwards takes notice. 

"It's great. He is from where I'm from," he said.  "He and I can relate. We have that bond, other coaches try to have that bond with kids and try to see where they come from, but he can really understand where you are coming from."

The Gators join a crowded field of about 20 schools fighting to land Scout's No. 7 safety in Florida. Syracuse, Clemson, LSU, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, USC and UNC are just some of the schools that have extended an offer. Although UF's offer was his most recent, the Gators are very much in contention.  

"That is one of my favorite schools," he said. "They are in the top with the other top schools.

"Mississippi State, LSU, Louisville, Syracuse and Florida, no order, those are my favorites right now," he added. "Those schools are saying you can come in and play early. Louisville wants me to come in and compete for a spot. The other schools just want me to come in and make an impact right away and make a name for myself and bring that swag." 

Edwards has been a long time admirer of the Florida program. 

"Them being my favorite growing up, watching them every Saturday on TV and making that my dream school [puts them with the top schools]," he said. "Having that offer and having the chance to go there it's just an amazing opportunity."

The Gators might be a dream school, but that does not mean Edwards is ready to make any sort of decision. 

"I am planning to hit up a few schools. Right now I'm trying to head to Louisville, Kentucky, Mississippi State for sure. I'm trying to go to Alabama camp in July. I know I want to head to Wake Forest and Colorado." 

According to the Miramar playmaker, the Crimson Tide could be the next school to pull the trigger. 

"They really have been talking to coach," he said. "They really like me and want me to head to their camp and show them I can play for Alabama. They should offer soon."

How big would an offer from Nick Saban and company be?  

"Big because one of my favorite players, Cyrus Jones, played for them. That would be big, real big... I would throw a party," he joked. 

With Edwards still waiting for schools to make a decision on whether or not to offer him, he is in no rush to make a decision himself. 

"I think I will extend it out and more schools will come in over the summer. Right now I'm trying to sit back and let schools come in. Then I will sit down with my family and finalize the schools that I really like then take my visits. From there I can make a decision."

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