A Wild Week for Edwards

Three-star OL Derek Edwards didn't spend his spring break on vacation at the beach, he spent it on the road with his family. The Edwards' hit three schools on the trip and made it back to Novi, Michigan in time for his ACT test.

Derek Edwards spent most of his spring break in a car – but he wouldn't have it any other way.

The Detroit (MI) Catholic Central High School standout took in practices and sat down with coaches at Toledo, Syracuse and Maryland before taking his ACT test back in Novi (MI).

"Last Friday, we went up to Toledo – who offered me a month ago," said Edwards. "We went to practice, I met with Coach (Tom) Manning, Coach (D.K.) McDonald and (Head) Coach (Matt) Campbell. We toured the campus, saw the facilities and had a good time there."

The Rockets are one of two schools – along with Arizona - that have offered the 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman. But the next two stops on the trip were schools Edwards is still looking to snag an extension from.

"On Tuesday, we went to Syracuse," he said. "We met Coach (Greg) Adkins and Coach (Tyrone) Wheatley and went to practice. We went through all the campus and had a lot of talks with Coach Wheatley. I was very impressed there.

"Practice went well, we stayed for a little bit and saw them go at it."

Two days later, the crew went down to College Park to see the Orange's future ACC companions.

"We went over to Maryland with Coach (Tom) Brattan, he's their O-line coach," said Edwards. "We met with him, did all the tours and everything and I was very impressed there. I liked it a lot, the campus was really nice and they got after it at practice which we really enjoyed.

"I was very impressed with the way Coach Adkins at Syracuse and Coach Brattan coached, we had a great time."

After all the football information, tours, meetings and practice sessions, it was time for Edwards to focus on the academic side of things over the weekend.

"We then headed back home to take the ACT," he said. "It was good, I felt like it was in the 22-25 range. It was a full week, that's for sure. "

As for the rest of his recruitment, Arizona continues to check in on him as do other BCS-level schools.

"I actually (recently) spoke to Coach (Robert) Anae, whose their O-line coach," he said. "They want to get me up for a visit sometime in the summer so we're going to try to look at that.

"I've been talking a lot with Michigan State; I've been up there a couple of times. We've talked to Cincinnati, Syracuse, Maryland, Purdue a little bit, Indiana a little bit and had a little bit of contact with Michigan. We're definitely looking to camp at Michigan State, Cincinnati, Syracuse and Maryland."

Though he still doesn't list any favorites, Edwards is looking to complete the process before the beginning of his senior football season in the fall.

Said the three-star athlete, "Just so I can get into the season and not have to worry about it and just focus on us playing our best during this coming year."

Edwards is being recruited as an all-around offensive lineman, though he is most comfortable at right guard. While he has no listed favorites at this time, an ideal school would serve him academically as well as on the field, though his position coach will be critical in the decision-making process. In the meantime, Edwards will turn his focus to his game – building on strengths and eliminating weaknesses.

"I feel like I'm a good pulling guard, I love getting around the corner and locking on to that cornerback or safety," he said. "I'm pretty good in pass-blocking, run-blocking was good – I love double-teaming, that was my favorite part.

"My weaknesses, I feel like I could do better with moving my feet and kind of little better balance, but that's what I've been working on in the offseason."

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