Edwards finally out of Steltz's shadow

Metairie-Archbishop Rummel (La.) defensive back Jared Edwards played in the shadows of one of the top safeties in the country in 2004 but now it is his time to shine in the Raiders' defensive scheme.

Edwards (6-1, 205, 4.6) played cornerback most of his prep career because Rummel had the luxury of having Craig Steltz roam the middle of the field.


Now that Steltz, an LSU signee, has completed his high school eligibility Edwards will take over as the centerpiece of Rummel's defense.


"He (Edwards) is an athlete and a good competitor," said Rummel head coach Jay Roth. "He is a good cover guy. He's not as big of a hitter as a guy like Steltz but he can cover some ground."


In addition to football, Edwards also starts for Rummel's basketball team and he plays catcher in baseball. Due to his involvement in sports year round he has not been able to hit the weights like most football players.


Since he has only played football for two years Edwards still has a lot of untapped potential that has not been developed.


"I can only imagine when a college coach gets him in a weight room year round how big and strong he will get," Roth told Tiger Rag. "His future is ahead of him."


Schools from all over the country are sending letters and requesting film including LSU, Tulane, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Colorado, La. Tech and Ole Miss.


"I'm hearing from everybody about him," Roth said. "I tell all my kids letters do not mean anything you have to prove it on the field. So we don't even talk about recruiting right now. I give him his letters and let him respond to them."


Roth said Edwards is a good kid and he will not have any problems qualifying academically.

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