Next in line?

After having their eighth defensive linemen taken in the last five years of the NFL draft a few weekends ago, LSU is quickly building a reputation as one of the best schools in the country for churning out top-notch defensive line prospects. The Tigers hope to see all four of the defensive linemen they signed in 2008 taken in future NFL drafts, including Lavar Edwards from Baton Rouge.

Edwards enjoyed a successful senior season at Desire Street Academy where he starred on both sides of the ball.


“Last year I played defensive end, running back, and tight end,” Edwards said. “I don’t really remember too many of my stats, but I know offensively I scored 18 touchdowns combined between running back and tight end.”


Even though he’s been out of football for a few months, Edwards has stayed in shape with the workout sent to him by LSU strength coach Tommy Moffit, as well as participating in other sports.


“I’ve been running and lifting weights with the workout they sent me,” Edwards said. “His workout is a lot more difficult than what I’m used to. I feel like I’ve gotten a lot stronger and faster after only a few months on it.”


Edwards is hoping all the work he’s putting in now will help him get started on improving his game in the fall.


“I want to become the best football player I can be,” he said. “I need to come in and get better as a player and a person. I really need to work on giving 110% on every play. That’s the weakest part of my game right now.”


Edwards was able to attend a few LSU spring practices, and from what he saw from the team and defensive line coach Earl Lane, he thinks that weakness will be corrected quickly.


“I went to two of the spring practices,” said the New Orleans native. “The team doesn’t look like they lost much from last year. The defense and offense both looked good. Coach Lane is a good coach. He pushes his players hard, and that’s what I need.”


Some projected Edwards to play inside at the next level, and although Edwards is unsure as to what his role on the team will be next year, he is sure about where he will start out at.


“I’m coming in as a defensive end,” said the 3-star defensive tackle. “The coaches haven’t really talked to me yet about their plans for me next year. I guess if I’m good enough to be in the rotation then I’ll be in the rotation. If I need to redshirt then I’ll redshirt.”


Regardless of what role he plays next season, Edwards expects the Tigers to be back in contention for another national title in 2008.


“The goal should be to repeat as national champions,” he said. “From what I’ve seen, as long as we figure out the quarterback position, that goal should be reachable.”


Note: Edwards (6-4, 283) claims a 3.4 GPA and 19 ACT and said he is moving to LSU on June 6th.

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