'Cats First to Offer Delva

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Edwin Delva found his way out west to Antelope Valley College (AVC) in Lancaster, Calif. after graduation from North Miami Beach High School in 2010. After taking a year off, he started nine games for the 2011 Marauders and has caught the attention of quite a few Division 1 colleges. His first offer, in February, came from the staff at Kansas State.

"Right now I have 11 offers," said Edwin Delva. "Kansas State was my first at the end of February and my latest one is from Iowa State. I've stayed in contact every week since they offered me. Coach Latimore said he likes my quickness, the way I play, and how fast I can get into the backfield to attack the quarterback."

Delva, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman, also holds offers from Kansas, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, San Jose State, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Washington State.

"I'm planning on committing sometime after the season," he said. "I'd like to take all five of my official visits. I'm probably going to [visit] Kansas State, Tennessee, and Pittsburgh, and I'm not sure yet on the other two. I want to go to a program known for their defense. I just want to join a good team with talent and a good coaching staff. Location won't play a factor in my decision."

In his debut season at Antelope Valley, Delva had 29 tackles, four sacks, eight tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, a safety, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. He was named Second Team All-Foothill Conference.

"I'm trying to get better overall," Delva stated. "The coach told me I was looking good in the spring. I'm working on getting quicker off the ball, better in my pass rush, and in stopping the run. I'll probably catch a lot of double-teams next season, so I'm working out hard over the summer to prepare me for that. I played the first five games of the year at nose then we went to a 4-3 defense and I moved to the three technique. I liked it better. I think I'd prefer to stay in a 4-3 defense at a four year program."

Delva played at North Miami Beach with Abens Cajuste, who also went to a California Junior College (Victor Valley) and is a big Kansas State target as well. He is set to graduate Antelope Valley in December. Delva wears No. 96 for the Marauders.


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