Edmunds Down To 4, Decision Looms

Dan River (Ringgold, Va.) outside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is about ready to wrap up the recruiting process. On July 31 at 5:30 p.m., he’ll announce his college decision live on a local Roanoke area TV station, and the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder will be choosing between Virginia Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest and USC.

Dan River (Ringgold, Va.) outside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is about ready to wrap up the recruiting process. On July 31 at 5:30 p.m., he’ll announce his college decision live on a local Roanoke area TV station, and the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder will be choosing between Virginia Tech, Maryland, Wake Forest and USC.

“I just felt like the time has come to get this over with,” said Edmunds, who holds verbal offers from all of the aforementioned programs, in addition to Cincinnati, Kentucky, UNC, ECU, Virginia and others. “I’ve been coming around, thinking about some things, started breaking some things down, and I just want to get [the decision] done. I still have some things to think about, and I still don’t know where I’m going to go, but it’s going to be one of those four [Va Tech, UMD, Wake, USC] schools.”

Many have surmised that Virginia Tech is the clear leader considering his two brothers, Trey and Terrell, are both Hokies. That may end up being the case, but Tremaine Edmunds refuses to tip his hand just yet. He said all four of his final suitors are dead even, and there’s plenty he likes about each program.

“The reason I narrowed it down to those four was the coaching staffs,” Edmunds said. “All four staffs want me and are in contact with me several times each week. You have to develop a good relationship with the staff, and you want to be somewhere where they actually want and need you there. And all four of those schools are pushing as hard as they can for me.”

Edmunds, the son of former Maryland great Ferrell Edmunds, then detailed specifically what each of the quartet had going for it. Interestingly, he is seriously considering the Trojans even though he has never been to Southern California and won’t be able to make the 3,000-mile trip prior to his announcement date.

“Even though I haven’t seen USC, I’m still looking at them. Not seeing the school isn’t going to prevent me from committing there if that’s where I choose to go,” Edmunds said. “I was supposed to get out there earlier this summer, but I wasn’t able to make it. But the coaching staff, they really want me there. Their one coach came all the way out here in the spring to see me, and we’ve developed a real good relationship since then. And USC, they put a lot of good linebackers in the League [NFL], so that stands out about them.”

The Dan River backer has tripped to all of the other finalists this spring and summer. Naturally, he’s been to Blacksburg, Va., numerous times, including one final visit in mid-July to meet with the staff and take in the campus once again.

“Of course my brothers are up at Tech, so I’ve been there quite a few. I enjoy Tech every time I’m there. It’s a great environment at Tech, it feels like home and it’s great support there,” Edmunds said. “They have great fans, great coaches, and the whole staff there wants me on board. [Tech is] always in the conversation as one of the top defenses in the country, and they really know how to get the most out of their defensive players. Those are some of the reasons I’m considering them.”

Edmunds said he speaks to both Terrell and Trey “almost every day,” but he said neither is pushing him towards the Hokies. Like his father, Ferrell, Tremaine Edmunds said his family’s message is consistent: “Stay humble through the process and do what’s best for you.”

Which means Ferrell Edmunds isn’t about to suggest his alma mater might be his son’s best fit either. That said, the former Maryland tight end did have high praise for Randy Edsall’s program and thoroughly enjoyed his spring visit to College Park, Md., according to Tremaine Edmunds.

“You know, my dad went to Maryland and he does like it a lot. He really likes what Coach Edsall is doing there, how it’s great academics and the program in general,” Edmunds said. “And Maryland, they’re going to the Big Ten and I’m real interested to see how they do in that conference. It’s a great chance to play against top-notch competition, and they have great defensive coaches there. Maryland runs a 3-4, and I’d fit right in at that outside linebacker spot.”

Edmunds said both his Terps’ area recruiter, Andre Powell, and outside backers coach Lyndon Johnson have made quite an effort to land him.

“Coach Powell, he’s a great guy. I’ve known him since he recruited my brother here, and we have a great relationship,” Edmunds said. “And Coach Johnson, he really wants me there and said they really need me on the defense. They’re both great coaches.”

Edmunds was last in Winston Salem, N.C., in June, and he has been to Wake Forest two times total. He said Wake has a bit of a different feel than the other schools since it’s smaller and more intimate.

“Wake, it’s a real nice place and very welcoming,” Edmunds said. “It’s a great atmosphere there, it’s a home feel, and it’s very comfortable. I have a very close relationship with the linebackers coach there, and we can talk about anything.”

At this time Edmunds does not plan to make any last-minute visits. He said he and his family will now sit back, gather more information on each of the final four suitors and then go through one final evaluation.

“The [Va Tech, Wake, USC and UMD] coaches have pretty much put everything out there what each school has to offer, so mainly I’m going to be researching some football things,” Edmunds said. “I’ll look at depth charts, schemes, the teams themselves and where they’re headed. I still have to figure some things out and see what I really like.”

When the progress ends July 31 around 5:30 p.m., Edmunds said he’ll be fully focused on his senior season. His main goals this offseason were adding speed and strength, and he believes he’s made process in both areas.

“My goal this year is to lead my team to a championship and also to beat my numbers from last year,” Edmunds said. “I had a pretty good year last year with 120 tackles, two interceptions and a few sacks, so it’s not going to be easy to do, but I’m going to try.”

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