We spoke yesterday afternoon to Edward Britton (6-0 1/2, 190 lbs., 4.4 in the 40, 3.5+ GPA) from El Paso, Tex., Montwood. As a junior 'speed back' Edward Britton rushed for 2,185 yards in nine regular season games (8.5 yards per carry) -- including putting up 250 yards on the defending state champ Midland. For the season he also scored 22 touchdowns and an amazing 16 two-point conversions. For his efforts he was named by the Associated Press to their First Team 5-A (largest classification) Texas All-State Team, a real rarity for a junior -- only the second junior from El Paso EVER named 5-A All-State. He is a Max Emfinger 4 star "All Purpose Back."
We spoke to both Britton and to his head coach. Here is our chat with Edward.
Michigan has been in contact with you?
"Yes sir. They told me they'll be coming to my school in a couple weeks."
What schools are recruiting you the hardest?
"I'm getting quite a few letters, from Michigan, USC, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, TCU, Iowa, LSU ... "
What are you looking for in a school?
"Mainly the academics -- how strong a college is academically, and what they may specialize in. And of course the football program, the coaching staff, the facilities."
What position do you see yourself playing in college?
"I'm an 'athlete' ... so whatever position I can help out at is fine with me."
Ever you ever been to Michigan? Do you have any family or any contacts up there?
What is it about Michigan that interests you?
"Obviously they get a lot of publicity, just this past season from how good they were, winning the Big Ten, and how far they went, to the Rose Bowl. And they have an excellent academic program -- I've been researching that for the various colleges. And I've never been in snow -- I'd like to do that!"
How do you fell about possibly going a long way from home?
"I really don't care one way or the other. I'll go wherever I can play at a high level, and get a great education. My parents would like to see me play of course, but they really want the best for me."
Have you made any plans for camps over the spring and summer?
"I plan to visit a few schools, but I don't know exactly which ones right now. I'd like to go to 2-3 summer camps. I'll go to either the Adidas or Nike combine this spring, and then take it from there. I'll be graduating in December, so I have to take a class in the summer to make it. And I have summer track. So I'll have to fit things in."
You're running track as well?
"I'm on a City Team over the summer, and my high school team right now. Last year I qualified for the AAU Nationals in the 200 meters, but our team didn't go. And my high school team last spring ... ours was the fastest region in the state. There were a lot of good seniors around here last year -- I was 15 and running against these 18 and 19 year olds. So I just misssed qualifying for the state track meet. But when the finals times came back -- my regionals time in the 200 meters would have been the 4th fastest in the finals."
"My best 200 meters time is 21.5 ... my best 100 is 10.7. And my coach measured me with a 39 inch vertical jump. He said, 'That can't be right,' so I did it again, and I jumped 39 inches the second time too."
Your coach said you were still growing?
"Yeah. I'm 6-1 now, and 190 lbs."
And what's your GPA? And do you have a test score?
"I just took SAT last Saturday. And I have a 91 average (Texas' high schools use %'s on a 100 point scale instead of GPA)."
Edward Britton: "I'm an 'athlete'."
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