Can the Terps Pull an Edmunds from the 757?

Maryland wasn't able to land the last two Edmunds' from Dan River HS -- Terrell, a 2014 corner who opted for Virginia Tech, and Trey, a current Hokies running back -- but perhaps the Terps will have a better shot with Tremaine Edmunds, a junior jack-of-all-trades defender with early offers from Cincinnati, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and, most recently, the Terps.

Maryland wasn't able to land the last two Edmunds' from Dan River HS (Ringgold, Va.) -- Terrell, a 2014 corner who opted for Virginia Tech, and Trey, a current Hokies running back -- but perhaps the Terps will have a better shot with their younger brother. Tremaine Edmunds is a junior jack-of-all-trades defender with early offers from Cincinnati, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and, most recently, the Terps.

"Maryland, they came in like right after my season," said the 6-foot-3, 200 pound, who projects as an outside linebacker in college. "Coach Andre Powell, he came down and he told my coaches about it. He explained how it's a long recruiting process, but he said the offer would be there for me."

Edmunds said he'd been in touch with Powell via social media, the latter letting the Dan River athlete know how much the UMD staff liked his game.

"Coach Powell likes how physical I am, how I can play a lot of different positions, how I'm versatile and how I'm always around the ball," Edmunds said. "He thinks I could fit anywhere in their defense and make an impact."

When Tremaine Edmunds' brother Terrell was going through the recruiting process, the two actually trekked up to College Park, Md., for a visit. The younger Edmunds recalled the trip well and had plenty of good memories about Randy Edsall and his staff.

"I remember it being a good campus and having a good time up there," Edmunds said. "I remember liking the facilities and how the coaches were cool. I'd like to get back at some point this spring; I just have to check all the dates out with my parents to see when I'm available."

Of course, Maryland won't have an easy time pulling in a 757 recruit, especially someone whose two brothers are already Hokies. And indeed Tremaine Edmunds does have plenty of love for Virginia Tech, though he wouldn't call them a "leader" just yet.

"The last time I was at Virginia Tech was for their last home game, and that was a lot of fun," Edmunds said. "They have really good facilities there and I know the coaches very well. It's a really good school, my brothers obviously are there, and I do like them.

"But [my brothers], they say great things about Tech, but that was their fit and at the end of the day it's my decision. They don't push [Tech] on me or anything; they always say do what's best for me. Even my parents don't push Tech on me or anything."

Besides seeing Virginia Tech in action, Edmunds saw Virginia and North Carolina play last fall. The UVA bout was actually against the Hokies, while he watched UNC take on East Carolina and then Miami.

"It was a good environment at both of those schools and great coaching staffs all around. They both made their schools feel like home and I have a lot of respect for each of them," Edmunds said "The UVA-Va Tech game was really hype; I loved that. And when UNC played Miami, that game was a great atmosphere and real hype too. Both were great."

Edmunds doesn't have any planned visits this offseason, but he said he'll be checking out a few different campuses. Most will depend on his family's schedule and how far they're willing to travel. More than likely he'll hit a few regional programs this winter, and then in the summer try to venture further out depending on what offers come in.

"I'm getting a lot of interest now; things are picking up here [in the open period]," Edmunds said. "Michigan State, Missouri, Tennessee, Nebraska, and even USC a little bit, they've all shown interest."

The Dan River defender said most schools want him at outside linebacker, though he's fully capable of lining up at inside backer, safety and even cornerback if he has to. Edmunds runs a 4.6 40-yard dash, so he said he has the speed to drop back in coverage and play a safety-like position if asked.

"I consider myself an all-around defender who can do a lot of different things for you," Edmunds said. "Mostly, though, I'm a leader who puts the work in on my own and then gets the job done no matter where I'm lined up."

Edmunds is coming off a junior season where he recorded 140 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions and a field-goal block for a 9-3 Dan River squad. He earned class 2A first-team all-state honors for his efforts.

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