Edwards' spring drawing to a close

Monroe (La.) Ouachita Parish High School is home to 6-4, 238-pound tight end Tyler Edwards. Edwards possesses physical skills that are attracting some of the top colleges from around the country. He currently sits on 22 offers from the likes of LSU, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia and many more. UCLA is close to offering Edwards as well.

Ouachita Parish has been practicing since April 23. It has been a tough couple of days as they gear up for a spring game this Thursday versus West Monroe.

"We lost our quarterback yesterday with a broken wrist so our quarterback situation is not the best right now, but we will make it work," Edwards said.

Tyler Edwards talked about the possibility of playing linebacker.

"The coaches had me playing middle linebacker a little bit," he said. "I kind of need to get used to it because I haven't tackled anyone in three years."

The only junior day visit that Edwards has made was to LSU.

"I did check out the junior day at LSU, it was pretty good. I did not go to any other ones. I will go to Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma and Miami over the summer and maybe Florida State as well."

Edwards has been in touch with offensive line coach (John) Hevesy of the Gators.

"He told me I could have a shot at playing early and how I would be a great fit for Florida," Edwards said. "Florida won the national championship and they've had some great tight ends come out of Florida, and it's a great place to be."

Last season, Edwards had 23 catches for 350 yards and five touchdowns.

"I think right now the thing I have going for me over other tight ends is the experience," he said. "My brother is in the NFL and he helps me out by telling me what I need to do and what I don't need to do with regards to stretching and blocking and my overall technique."

Eric Edwards played tight end for LSU when they won the national championship, then he played for the Arizona Cardinals for three years and now is with the Washington Redskins.

It is natural to assume that with the ties that he has, LSU head coach Les Miles and the Tigers would have the inside track. But, this could not be further from the truth.

"Most people think that I am a slam dunk to LSU, but I don't know why they say that," Edwards said. "I am trying to do what is best for me. I am not going to LSU just because they are in my state or because my brother went there. They have a lot of tight ends right now and are deep at that position."

Edwards is a workout warrior in the weight room. With a bench press of 330-pounds, squat of 450-pounds and a 30-inch vertical, he expects the very best strength and conditioning program at the next level.

"A good weight program is a must," he said. "Without a good workout program, they won't be any good at all. In addition, the players and the atmosphere will be important to me as well."

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