Being a Jayhawk Feels Like Home

Garland defensive tackle Jeremiah Edwards had been waiting. He had waited for this day in anticipation, ever since he was the first commit for the 2010 class. Now that he is officially a Jayhawk, how does Edwards feel?

"It feels really good right now.  I'm just sitting back and getting ready to graduate."

It is all too common for the recruiting process to "drag on".  Kids get calls, letters, e-mails, texts, and the list never ends. . .  Now the papers are signed and the drama is all over, along with the process.

"It is a big relief, because I am all set.  I won't receive in any more junk in the mail and I know that KU is the place I can call home."

This will be Kansas' first recruiting class under Turner Gill, and that is special to Jeremiah Edwards.

"It means a lot because of what I am seeing and hearing.  The Class of 2010 is going to be one of the best classes to come through in a while.  Everyone is pumped to play for Coach (Gill), and we are ready to get up there."

Today, the big defensive tackle had a talk with Coach Gill, and the talk happened as he was faxing his letter.  This will surely be one of the best days of Jeremiah's life, and he will always remember it.  The rest of the semester will be dedicated to school, which is something Edwards takes very seriously.

"I want to go out strong so that when I am gone, I will be remembered at this school.  I have to remember where I came from when I get up on campus, and continue to work hard."

Although the big guy from Garland is a wrecking ball on the defensive line, Edwards is one of the nicest kids you will meet off the field.  His tenacity during the games is completely opposite of his overall demeanor during the school day.

When asked how much better he has gotten to know new Defensive Line Coach Buddy Wyatt, Jeremiah spoke glowingly about their developing relationship.

"Yeah, we're real close, he's told me stories about the players he used to coach.  A lot of the guys are similar to me.  He's real cool and I'm sure that our bond will grow once I'm up in Lawrence."

Other relationships have been growing as Edwards' recruiting process has come and gone.  A future KU player that Jeremiah calls friend is Ricki Herod, Jr.  Ricki played at North Mesquite High School, and Jeremiah has a hope going into the fall that they will be roommates.

"Ricki and I are talking a whole lot and I hope that we can room together.  I have gotten to talk to Jimmay a little bit too, and he is a cool guy.  In fact, we were texting this morning as the faxes went through."

It is always a good sign when future teammates can get along.

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