Cards in good shape with top TX corner

Kip Edwards, one of the Top 40 cornerbacks in the nation, has it all – great size, excellent speed, and football smarts. The 6'1, 175-pound Arlington, TX product is focused on three schools – Iowa, Wisconsin and Louisville and the Cardinals appear to be in great shape.

Kip Edwards, one of the Top 40 cornerbacks in the nation, has it all – great size, excellent speed, and football smarts. The 6'1, 175-pound Arlington, TX product is focused on three schools – Iowa, Wisconsin and Louisville and the Cardinals appear to be in great shape.

"He's having a great year," said Bowie coach Kenny Perry. "He's had some big return yards on some kicks. He had one interception that he returned for about 50 yards. He's had a lot of knockdowns even though not very many people throw at him. Our team is having a great year and we beat the defending state champion, Cedar Hill, last week. We're 4-0 and he's one of our team captains and a big reason why we're 4 and 0."

What makes Edwards, a Scout.com three-star prospect, such a special talent on the football field?

"He's just athletic," Perry said. "He's a 6'1 corner and those are hard to find. He's just got that aura about him. He's got better this year run wise, but he's a good cover corner. He's very intelligent and people don't throw his way very much."

Edwards has had no shortage of offers from colleges. But as his senior season begins to winds down, Edwards told Scout.com this week that three schools have emerged at the top of his list: Iowa, Louisville and Wisconsin. Colorado and Missouri round out Edwards' top five.

"He had close to 30 offers from schools all around the country and he's been holding to his guns that those are his top three schools," Perry said. "I think he's pretty firm with those three schools because he's told some good schools that he's not interested in them."

What about Louisville? Edwards appears to be one of the Cardinals top defensive prospects in the 2008 class. With a pass defense that's rated No. 103 nationally, Louisville desperately needs help in the secondary. That could mean an opportunity for Edwards to play next year as a true freshman.

"I know that Coach Kragthorpe and Coach (Tony) Alford have let him know that they need defensive help and that he's one of the top defensive backs in the country and that's what they are looking for," coach said.

Coach Perry said he doesn't believe a leader has emerged from the pack for his standout player.

"I think they've been Top 20 schools lately and I think he likes the exposure that they all can get him," Perry said. "I think that's what he's looking for."

On and off the field, Edwards gets exceptional praise from his coach.

"He's a very charismatic kid and he has a great personality," said Perry. "He's a big time player. He'll have the body to play next year, but it's hard for a corner to make the transition from high school to college. But you won't find many 6'1 corner coming out of high school that can run like he can. If he puts on some weight this spring and summer maybe he might have a chance to play as a freshman."


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