Iowa Eyes Indiana LB A.J. Edds

A.J. Edds

Indiana linebacker A.J. Edds (6-4, 217, 4.6) was recently offered by Kentucky. He claims previous rides from Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Boston College, Louisville, Stanford and Vanderbilt.

"Right now, my top five consists of Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue, Georgia Tech and Ohio State. I haven't been offered yet by Iowa, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech or Ohio State, but I'm in contact with the coaches there," said Edds, from Greenwood Community High School in Greenwood.

"I'm mostly being recruited as an outside linebacker. But other programs really like me as a tight end. Right now it varies with all the schools pretty much. Only time will tell where I'll end up playing in college. I know I fit the profile well as a linebacker on defense, but if I can get more playing time from a program on offense then I'll probably do that.

"I've already been to JR Days at Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Tennessee and Michigan. This summer I'm going to take camps at Iowa, Ohio State and Georgia Tech. Iowa is looking at me more for defense as well as Purdue. But Georgia Tech told me that they'll have a good idea of where they want me after I take in their camp," he said.

"I've got some high interest in Iowa's program. Coach (Eric) Johnson (rec coord/tight ends) was recently at my school and he got to talk a lot with my head coach. They only recently found out about me and they seem very enthusiastic about recruiting me. They play some great football over there. It sounds like their offer pertains to how well I'll do at their camp.

"Wisconsin hasn't recruited me much until just recently. They've come into the picture for me pretty late, but one of their coaches told me that they wouldn't be recruiting me if they were not seriously considering an offer.

"Purdue is recruiting me the hardest out of that top five. Coach (Mark) Hagen (defensive tackles/special teams) is the one recruiting me, and I'm going to take a pretty hard look at them throughout all of this," he said.

"Before I go to Iowa's program for camp, I'm going to head out to Illinois for an unofficial visit. I think that coach (Ron) Zook is taking the program in the right direction, and they've got a good class coming in. Originally, they were looking at me for OLB but now their thinking tight end.

"After I head out to Iowa's camp I'll also go to Wisconsin for an unofficial visit," he said.

"I should have a solid list of two to three schools by the time the season starts. I'll commit to a program during the season if I'm ready.

Final JR (9-3) stats: 70 solo tackles/69 assists/139 total tackles/12 TFL/4 sacks/4 INTs; 25 rec/544 yds/5 TDs

"I drop back well in pass coverage on defense and I'm good at reading what quarterbacks and receivers are going to do. I've got great aggressiveness from sideline-to-sideline on defense and I've got some great size ad speed. I'm also great at man coverage on offense and I've got good hands," he said.

3.8 GPA/1190 SAT (old version)--"I'm undecided if I'll take the SAT again. I don't know how my old score will affect the admissions process at some of the other schools. So that's why I might take it again. I know that I'm fully qualified though."


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