Class of 2008 Profile: Tyler Edwards

Back in the late 1990's former LSU tight end Eric Edwards was one of the nation's top prospects at his position coming out of high school. Now, in 2007 his younger brother Tyler Edwards is in that same mold.


Tyler Edwards, a 6-3, 235-pounder with 4.7 speed, was a Class 4A All-State selection as a junior and he also an All-Northeast Louisiana selection.


On the year, the big athletic tight end caught 22 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns but what it isn't accounted for in those stats is the blocking presence he provided on the edge.


"Tyler is a great physical presence," said Ouachita head coach John Carr. "He is a very physical player with soft hands that can stretch the field. He made big strides with his blocking last year and did a good job of sealing the edge. He is going to be a good one on the next level."


Carr went on to say that Tyler has done the little things each off-season to elevate his game and knows what it takes to follow the same path that his older brother took.


"Tyler has matured greatly every year," Carr explained. "He now understands how important his footwork is to blocking and he understands how to run his routes. He saw what Eric achieved at LSU and by making it to the NFL so he understands that it takes a lot of hard work to reach those next two levels."


Tyler will have plenty of choices to make when he decided just where he will be playing at when he moves on to the next level as Auburn, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and La. Tech have already offered but more will be on the way.


"He already has those two offers from SEC schools and I definitely think Tyler has what it takes to play tight end at that level," Carr said. "LSU and Alabama are very interested too and he is getting all sorts of stuff from a bunch of more schools."


By the Numbers: 285-Bench/365-Squat/300-Clean/29" Vertical/2.8 GPA/Waiting on test score

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