LSU grabbed a big commitment on Tuesday as Edna Karr offensive tackle Derek Edinburgh gave Les Miles his verbal commitment.
Edinburgh sported offers from the likes of Michigan, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Colorado, Pittsburgh, and several other FBS schools. However, when Les Miles made an overture to the three-star tackle in late May the Tigers leaped to the front of the pack and eventually secured their second offensive tackle for the 2012 class.
“I think having his parents able to come to his games is very important for him and as a young man I think all Louisiana kids would like to play at LSU,” said Edna Karr head coach Jabbar Juluke on what helped seal the deal. “Frank Wilson is doing an outstanding job recruiting harder in the metro area finding the best players and getting them to stay in-state and he made Derek a priority once they offered.”
Juluke has seen the big 6-foot-7, 325-pound Edinburgh grow leaps and bounds since he started playing for the Cougars, but he is the first to admit that someone else deserves a lot of credit.
“His position coach is Bryce Brown and I think he does an outstanding job,” Juluke said. “He coaches Derek like he hasn’t ever played and he’s only played for three years so I think he has an unlimited ceiling.
Edinburgh has made a lot of progress since the beginning of his junior season as he vastly improved his footwork and learned how to play with better leverage.
Some coaches tried to get a jump on LSU by offering early in the spring because they knew it would be tough to steal someone that the hometown favorite coveted. Turns out they were right.
“LSU didn’t offer early so he and his parents were definitely exploring all of their options,” explained Juluke. “Once LSU offered, though, it opened their eyes up more and then LSU pulled the trigger and offered him.
Along with growing as a player, Edinburgh has matured off the field as well. That was never more evident than seeing the way he handled the recent death of his grandmother when 10 days later he was at the LSU camp on Tuesday competing with some of the best prospects in the country.
“It comes from his parents,” Juluke said of the way Edinburgh handles himself off the field. “He’s fortunate to have both mom and dad at home and they’ve done a great job with him. I also think football is his safe haven right now and he’s out to make her (grandmother) proud of him.”
Now that Edinburgh has made a decision on his future Juluke said the focus has shifted to helping Edna Karr make a return trip to the Superdome where they fell short in their quest for a state championship with a runner-up finish to Franklinton.
Juluke sad he is going to enjoy having Edinburgh around for another year and then he will hand him off to Miles and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa.
“He’s a true left tackle for us but he’s probably more of a natural right tackle in college,” said Juluke. “They had him pulling today and you could see it came easy for him so I think when he gets to college LSU is going to have a lot to work with.”