Fresno State hosted several players throughout the state and the valley in an effort to re-establish its ties with players and communities locally. For one valley player Emoryie Edwards that visit ended with an offer from the hometown team. An offer that Edwards had been waiting for dating back to the DeRuyter era. Though the DeRuyter staff had made initial contact, Edwards was disappointed with the lack of interest or an offer from his local University. Now with the renewed focus of Coach Jeff Tedford and his staff to recruit the Valley and California Edwards has seen a more open line of communication with the Bulldogs.
Edwards finished his junior season with 1,397 yards receiving with 17 touchdowns making him the top receiver in the Central Section and 3rd in the State of California.
As a junior Edwards has already received offers from BYU , Eastern Washington, Duke, Washington State , and Fresno State while gaining interest from others such as Colorado, Oregon , Washington, Utah, UCLA .
At 6-foot-0 180 pounds Edwards is one of Tulare Union’s favorite passing. Edwards is quickly demonstrating to be a well rounded player. As a receiver he has some of the best hands in the area. His agility and athleticism makes him as one of the most explosive players as well. Edwards has a great feel and awareness to find soft spots in the defense allowing him to make plays when necessary. Edwards also doubles as a CB defensively and has the skills to play that position very well.
FRESNO STATE IMPACT:
With all of the early interest from several universities one thing is for certain, Edwards could be one of the most sought after players of the 2018 recruiting class in the Valley. With an offer from Washington State and former teammate currently on the Washington State squad, that would make the Cougars the current favorite. Now that Fresno State has made an offer to the 3 star receiver can they do enough to keep the talented receiver at home in the valley. Edwards has expressed that staying local would make it easier for family and friends to watch the star receiver play but is that enough to entice Edwards to stay. Landing Edwards would be a huge get for the Bulldogs and would go along way to re-establish the much needed pipeline with local schools and bring back the excitement for fans to root on their local athletes.