Mike Edwards (© Michael Clark)

Coach: "Mike's one of those rare kids where the sky is the limit"

Hope Mills (N.C.) South View offensive tackle Mike Edwards committed to Wake Forest moments ago and Scout spoke with Tigers head coach Rodney Brewington about his star player.

Mike Edwards became the third commit in Wake Forest's 2018 recruiting class today and according to South View head coach Rodney Brewington, the Demon Deacons are getting a special player. 

"He plays like a running back or linebacker, but he's just in a lineman's body," Brewington said. "He's very coordinated and put together very well. He's 6-foot-7 and 325 pounds, but he's built proportionally and very impressive physically.

"Right now, he looks like he should be on a major college or even an NFL team, and it's rare to see a young man in high school with that physical build."


According to Brewington, the Wake Forest coaching staff did a great job recruiting Edwards.

"From the beginning, they said they were going to recruit him as hard as they could," Brewington said. "They did a great job showing Mike the value of Wake Forest and the black and gold. The school sold itself and he fell in love with the whole Demon Deacon experience.

"(Offensive line) coach (Nick) Tabacca and (tight ends) coach (Wayne) Lineberg did a remarkable job. They've developed great relationships with him and Mike continues to feel more and more comfortable."

Edwards has had a tremendous impact on the South View football program.

"Mike has been the face of the program and he carries himself very well," Brewington said. "He's helped us go from the bottom of the conference to competing with everyone. He's taken to load off everybody. He wants that responsibility and wants you to run behind him. He's someone you can count on.

"And off the field, he's an ambassador. He has a great rapport with everyone. The teachers love him -- the administration loves him -- and the students love him."

How good can he be in the future?

"Mike's one of those rare kids where the sky is the limit," Brewington said. "If he continues to develop and stay healthy, he'll have an opportunity to play football for a long time."

Edwards joins Cornelius (N.C.) Hough quarterback Sam Hartman and Florence (S.C.) Wilson safety Zion Keith in Wake Forest's 2018 recruiting class.

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