"I was absolutely ecstatic," said Edwards, on his Illini offer. "I couldn't believe it. I felt absolutely blessed. There are no words to describe how excited I was.
Edwards, in his first year as a starter led Downers Grove to playoff run, before losing to Benet Academy, 26-24, to end his season.
"Individually, I thought I did OK, Edwards said. "I was just trying to be a leader. I was a sophomore starting on varsity. I'm trying to do the best I can not to make mistakes and be the best leader I can be."
At 6-foot-6, 215-pounds, Edwards says he is also getting considerable interest from Michigan, Stanford, Michigan State, Ohio State and Florida State, to name a few. But one school has stood out above the rest.
"Michigan has always been my favorite school," Edwards exclaimed. "I love the tradition there. My dad played at Indiana and was a big, big Michigan fan (growing up). He ended up going to Indiana. So, love, love Michigan. Love the Blue."
Edwards said both coach Curt Mallory and coach Jeff Hecklinski have been by his school to talk to his head coach.
"They just want me to visit at the end of July for the BBQ at the Big House," Edwards said. "Coach Mallory actually, his father recruited my dad and he recruited my cousin to go to Illinois, and now he is recruiting me to go to Michigan. I think it's awesome. I feel like I am destined to go to Michigan."
While he is not sure yet, Edwards said he will try to attend Michigan's camp in June.
"I just want to see what the coaching staff is like," said Edwards, when he visits. "Coach (Brady) Hoke, I have met coach Hoke and he seems like a great guy. Obviously, the program is on the rise. I just want to see what the school is like. I think the academic prestige is awesome. I also think the athletic facilities and the tradition are too. "
At the moment, Edwards say he would like to major in economic or business in college and a good academic program will be a must when he picks a school.
"First, is academics," Edwards said. "I think life after football is my most important thing. Next, is if that school actually wants me to go there. So, interest in me more than anything else."
As far as a decision timeline, Edwards says it's matter of finding the perfect match.
"I don't have a timeline," Edwards said. "I just want to take my time and see what school best fit me."