Back in the mid-1980s, tight end Ferrell Edmunds starred at the University of Maryland before being selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
Twenty-five years later, Edmunds, a Virginia native, has three sons who have all proven to be primetime Division I athletes. The first two, though -- running back Trey Edmunds and defensive back Terrell Edmunds – opted to attend Virginia Tech instead of heading north to their father's alma mater. But evidently the third Edmunds son is giving Maryland a long, hard look.
Tremaine Edmunds (Dan River/Ringgold, Va.), a 6-foot-3, 200-pound outside linebacker with a double-digit offer list, just took his first visit to College Park, Md., April 11 and ended up staying the night and spending two full days on campus.
"I enjoyed it, I really really did," said Edmunds, who holds offers from UMD, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Kentucky, USC, UVA, Purdue, ODU, Wake Forest and others. "Definitely the best part was [April 12] when I got a chance to sit down and talk to the coaches, meet all the players and just be around the team. I was really glad I went and experienced that."
Edmunds said he met most of the coaches and specifically had conversations with head coach Randy Edsall, his recruiter, Andre Powell, defensive coordinator Brian Stewart and outside linebackers coach Lyndon Johnson. He mentioned how the whole staff catered to both he and his family, "showing a whole lot of love."
"Basically they said they need me and I could be a big help to the defense," Edmunds said. "They like my size and think I could fit right in to what they're doing there. Every single one of them expressed how much they wanted me and needed me, and that meant a lot."
The Dan River prospect also sat in on position meetings and picked the brains of several players. He couldn't remember exactly whom he talked to, but he said the message was similar from all of them.
"The players said the coaches at Maryland are good guys but they're serious about what they do and they're serious about getting them ready for the Big Ten move," Edmunds said. "The Big Ten has some great teams, and the players [at Maryland] kept saying how the coaches are getting them ready to compete. And I can tell if they keep working as hard as they showed when I was there, [Maryland] has a chance to be successful in that conference."
While Edmunds himself was impressed with the April 12 sit-downs, his parents, who accompanied him, were equally intrigued. Both Ferrell Edmunds and Tremaine's mother sat down with Edsall and talked about academics, Maryland's plan for the future and more.
"Coach Edsall was talking to my parents, and he was telling my family about the college, the Big Ten move, the education and how I could fit in there," Edmunds said. "They both liked what he was saying. My dad, you know, he went to Maryland and he tells me it's a good program, a good staff and things like that. He doesn't push anything on me and says my decision is my own, but I know he likes the school. My mom, she pretty much says the same thing as my dad."
Before the April 12 meetings, Edmunds took in the spring game April 11. He said even though it rained he still enjoyed watching the defense and taking in the action.
"I noticed that Maryland was very physical on both sides, and I liked how the defense was active and aggressive," Edmunds said. "I actually knew one other recruit there, Ashton White, and we were talking about the game and Maryland. He was telling me they're always physical, and that it's a good program and a good school."
Now that Edmunds had his first taste of College Park, will he return at some point?
"I'm going to try my best to get back," he said. "Honestly, I am considering them now. I haven't narrowed anything down yet, and I'm keeping my options open."
Some of those other options he's looked at this spring include Virginia Tech, UNC and Wake Forest. He's trying to get out to USC, over to UVA and take in a few other campuses as well, but so far the four schools he's seen recently have impressed him.
"Each school I've looked at brings something different to the table that I like," Edmunds said. "I told you about Maryland already … With Tech, Blacksburg is a great city, a football city. I always enjoy spending time with the coaches and going over how I fit into the defense. My brothers don't push [Tech] on me, but I do like it there.
"Carolina, it's similar to Tech – I talk to the coaches all the time and the players were great when I went there. I was at a junior day there and got to see a basketball game, too, and I really enjoyed that. And Wake, I had never been there before, so sitting down in the meetings was very informative. I really enjoyed how they treated me there and how they presented things."
Expect Edmunds to take multiple visits this summer. After that, he could be ready to make a decision, but that's hardly a given.
"I really can't even tell you when I'll be ready. It could be anytime," Edmunds said. "If I go to a school and feel really comfortable I could just commit on the spot."
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