LB Edet Cancels UNC Visit; Heading to MSU

"I'm looking for a place where I can go for four years and enjoy my life, get a good education, study my major real hard and play big time football."

FT. WASHINGTON, MD - Michigan State is putting the full court press on Ft. Washington, MD., linebacker Eteyen (E-TAY-IN) Edet, a very personable and productive player who would fit right into MSU's playing group.

"I'm looking for a place where I can go for four years and enjoy my life, get a good education, study my major real hard and play big time football."

Edet has a set philosphy and outlook on what he wants during his collegiate years.

"I've got to do more than just play football for four years. I can't just be happy during football season and then once football season is over, I don't want to be here. I can't have that. Everytime I walk on campus, I want to be happy and in a good mood," said the well-spoken young man.

Edet recorded an astounding 102 tackles in just seven games of a ten game season. He had to sit out the first three games of the season after transferring from Fork Union Academy in New York a season ago because his transcripts didn't arrive on time and he was nicked up in practice.

"We couldn't go to the playoffs because we forfeited seven games because we had a (ineligible) player from outside the jurisdiction, but in seven games I had 102 tackles, five and a half sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries," said Edet.

A very confident player, Edet said he felt he was the top middle linebacker in the East and perhaps the nation, but that his late start caused him to fly under the radar.

So what are the Michigan State coaches telling him about what he could bring to the program?

"They tell me they want a big, nasty, MIKE (middle) linebacker and if you didn't know, that's what I am. That's all my qualities, I think I could make a big impact my freshman year if I decide to go to Michigan State."

And he admits with two starting linebackers leaving the program, the opportunity to play with freshman All-American Greg Jones is exciting.

"All man," said an excited Edet, "that would be great. All he has to do is force the running back inside to me so I can lay that big bang on 'em," he joked.

"The [coaching staff] told me that they needed linebackers, they have outside linebackers, they don't have that true MIKE linebacker yet."

What factors into his decision, will he wait until he returns from his visit, or will he pull the trigger if he really likes East Lansing?

"I definitely have to wait until I come back home. I'm going to come back home. I'll talk it out with my people.

"I'm really looking forward to the Michigan State visit and the Louisville visit (1-19). After the Louisville visit I'll have an idea of where I'll want to go. I might have to go on a visit to Maryland because there's a couple of other schools in the mix, but I like Louisville and I like Michigan State a lot. I don't really know that much about Pitt," he said.

Edet said he also didn't know about Coach Barnett reputation as a big hitter as a strong safety for Michigan State back in the 70s but says he "loves that" and is looking forward to talking to him about it.

Edet made it clear that while he's going to talk things out with his family, the decision about which school he's going to attend is his.

"It's only me really, I'm living down here with my aunt and uncle. My mom doesn't know much about football, she up there in New York city. She sent me down here to go to school so I'll talk to my uncle and my brother and we'll figure out the best school for me."

When asked if he could be a Spartan by the time we talk again, Edet laughed "You never know, I will say this.... Green is my favorite color."

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