Edmunds Gives the Latest

Dan River (Ringgold, Va.) outside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds gives the latest in his recruitment.

For a high-profile recruit who claims double-digit offers to his name, Dan River (Ringgold, Va.) outside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds doesn't seem all that concerned with the recruiting process. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder has taken just one visit since the evaluation period, as he's been content to concentrate on his own game, spending all his free time in the weight room or on the field.

But Edmunds, the son of former Maryland Terps great Ferrell Edmunds and the brother of two Virginia Tech Hokies, plans to hit the road in earnest this July. He currently claims offers from Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Maryland, North Carolina, UVA, USC, Kentucky, ODU, ECU and Cincinnati, and said return visits to UMD and Va Tech (July 14) are in the works, while he'll attempt to see USC, Tennessee, UVA, Cincinnati and possibly others as well. Edmunds most recently saw Wake Forest for the second time in June.

"The summer's been going pretty good for me so far -- no new offers or anything, but I've been talking to coaches, working out," Edmunds said. "Some schools I don't talk to as much anymore, but the ones I'm in touch with the most are Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Maryland, USC and Cincinnati. Then every once in awhile it's ODU and Kentucky."

Edmunds has also been in contact with two schools he does not have offers from. Evidently both Stanford and Tennessee are monitoring him, and the Vols could be close to pulling the trigger.

"I'm not sure what [Stanford or Tennessee] are going to do about an offer, but I am talking to them," Edmunds said. "Tennessee, definitely, they like me and they want to get me out there on campus for a visit. I'm going to try to see them in July."

So far the only schools the Dan River linebacker has seen are Wake, Va Tech and Maryland. He was supposed to return to College Park, Md., June 28 for the Terps' Big Show camp, but he was unable to due to a family situation.

"My dad had something come up so I wasn't able to get there, but I'm going to try my best to get up to Maryland again," said Edmunds, who attended UMD's spring game. "That's what I told Coach [Andre] Powell -- I want to get up there soon, but right now I don't know a day though."

Edmunds has contact with his recruiter, Powell, and outside linebackers coach Lyndon Johnson several times a week. He said he has much respect for both staff members and could see himself fitting in at Maryland.

"Coach Powell, I love that guy, and also Coach Johnson. We have a really good relationship and we talk on-line a lot," Edmunds said. "They both say they need an elite linebacker like me to come in and fill their last linebacker spot. They say they want me there, they need me there and I'd be perfect in their 3-4 scheme.

"And it would be a good fit, because I see myself as a 3-4 linebacker. It's definitely a school I'm thinking about. When I was up there for the spring game I really enjoyed myself."

Edmunds went on to laud UMD's Big Ten move, head coach Randy Edsall and the school's academics. He said his father, Ferrell Edmunds, who accompanied him when the family visited, is a fan of Edsall and the program as well.

"Maryland is a great school, great academics, and a great opportunity to play against awesome competition," Edmunds said. "My dad, he likes Maryland, too, but he doesn't push or persuade me; he'll support me no matter what school I choose.

"One thing with Maryland is I want to see how they do in the Big Ten this year. I'm going to be watching them closely to see how they perform."

Virginia Tech, however, has long been considered a favorite for Edmunds. After all, both his brothers are in Blacksburg and he's know the staff for years.

"I'm going back to Tech July 14, actually, and I'm looking forward to that," Edmunds said. "Va Tech is awesome. I love the community there, the coaches have known me for a long time, and I have a great relationship with them. I'm real comfortable up there, and it's a great school, too."

Edmunds, though, said his siblings won't have any bearing on his decision.

"I mean, they talk to me, and it's something to think about -- the chance to play with them," Edmunds said. "But it's not a major factor for me. I'm making my own decision, and not basing it on what they did. I'm keeping an open mind and checking everyone [colleges] out."

The Virginia recruit went on to break down the other schools that have been pressing for him. Of those, he's most familiar with Wake Forest having been to Winston Salem multiple times.

"I talk to the linebacker coach at Wake all the time, and he's great. We're really close," Edmunds said. "It's a very good staff there, and they welcomed me in when I visited. It's a program that's looking to turn things around."

USC and Cincinnati are two others that have caught his eye. Edmunds plans to visit both this summer.

"USC, that's a great program out there on the West Coast. That's a great opportunity out there to play for a big-time school," Edmunds said. "I would like to make it out there and visit and see what it's like, though, since it is so far away. And Cincinnati, I've been in touch with them a lot and we talk on-line all the time. I want to try to get up there too."

At this time Edmunds isn't tipping his hand and insists he has no favorites. He said the main separating factor for him, however, will be his relationship with the coaching staff. Academics, scheme, location and comfort level on campus will also play into his decision.

"I'm thinking I want to decide by the first week of August," Edmunds said. "That way I can get this over with and concentrate on my senior year. I'm going to try to take some visits in July and then sit down and announce where I'm going in August."

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