New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr offensive tackle Derek Edinburgh has always been considered one of the top offensive tackle prospects in Louisiana and he had several scholarship offers to help support that claim.
One offer, though, had eluded the 6-foot-7, 315-pounder. At least it had eluded him up until Saturday.
“We ended up talking with Coach Miles for about 15-20 minutes and he went ahead and extended a full scholarship offer,” said Edinburgh after spending the day on LSU’s campus for the Les Miles Family Reunion Picnic. “I was very excited about that.”
Edinburgh admitted that he was a little disappointed that LSU didn’t offer earlier in the process but after speaking with his father, Derek, Sr., he began to understand what was going on a little better.
“Me and my dad have both pretty much gone through this recruitment together and we both kind of was wondering why they haven’t offered yet,” said Derek, Jr. “But after talking to Coach Frank he made us realize that they were taking their time so they knew exactly what they were getting in a player.
“At first, it was kind of disappointing but then we talked about it and realized that LSU earned the right to take their time and I respect them for taking that kind of approach because they want to make sure they get the right player which benefits them and the player.”
Edinburgh can now add the Tigers to his offer list which already included the likes of Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Illinois, Texas Tech, Baylor, Pittsburgh and Arizona to name some.
Some will wonder why Edinburgh didn’t pull the trigger if he had been waiting on LSU’s offer but like his entire recruitment it will be a matter that he and his parents will have to discuss.
“I didn’t commit because one thing I want to do is talk about it with my parents and we couldn’t really do that today,” said Edinburgh. “We just need to take a little time where we can talk about it and make a good sound decision. But getting an offer from LSU is a big thing for me.”
As for a timeline for making a decision, Edinburgh said there isn’t one set in stone.
“We’re going to talk about this offer and then look at the top four or five schools that have offered,” he said. “We’ll look at what each school has to offer and then kind of go from there. I don’t really know how long it will take but we’re going to make sure it’s the right decision.”