Edwards Nearing Home Stretch?

Downers Grove North TE could be on his way to a decision in the near future. Find out where he stands and what his plans are for a decision.

Downers Grove North tight end David Edwards has been working hard this spring. A quarterback for his high school team, Edwards spent some time working this spring at tight end, which is likely to be his college position.

"It is good," he said. "I'm working out with Core 6. Working on some 7-on-7 stuff. Also I'm working out with my school. I think it is making me a lot better."

Edwards said he is noting some big improvements in his overall athleticism thanks to the time he's spent pushing himself this offseason.

"Definitely my footwork (has improved)," he said. "That was one thing passing the ball last year I had trouble with. Staying poised in the pocket. Also building my strength."

Edwards seems to be rounding the corner to the home-stretch of his recruitment at this point. He may still get out a couple more times this summer to see some schools, but it doesn't sound like a decision is too far off for the Downers Grove athlete.

"I'm going to make a couple visits in the summer," he said. "I hope to make a decision towards the end of June. If not then definitely before the start of my senior year."

He continued, "I hope to visit everybody before I make my decision. If that happens it would be awesome."

The focus remains with the Big Ten as far as his recruitment goes. Edwards listed several Big Ten schools who have been recruiting him the hardest.

"There are a bunch," he said. "Mostly Big 10. Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio State. I like all of them."

Of those Big Ten schools, Illinois is one that has built a strong relationship with the in-state prospect. Between frequent contact with the coaches and several campus visits, Edwards has built familiarity with the Illini.

"I have a really great relationship with the coaches, starting with coach Beckman all the way down to my recruiting coach," he said. "I have a great relationship with them. I have been down there a lot. I also have a great relationship with the guys who are committed there."

In addition to the coaches, the trio of in-state commits have been in Edwards' ear for some time now.

"I work with Jimmy (Fitzgerald) at Core 6," he said. "I talk to Gabe (Megginson) and Dre (Brown) once a week or once every other week. I am pretty tight with them."

Like a number of his other fellow in-state prospects, the potential of playing with several of his peers in his home-state is one he is strongly considering, but he did emphasize that the bond with the coaches is just as important.

"Feeling comfortable wherever you go to school is probably what is most important to me," Edwards said. "As long as you build a great relationship with the coaches and feel comfortable where you are going."

On top of those relationships, Edwards noted a few other factors he is weighing in his decision.

"Getting the best mix of academics, football, and great people at that school."

Scott Burgess contributed to this report.

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