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LB A.J. Edds Talks about Recruiting

Linebacker <b>A.J. Edds</b> of Greenwood, Ind., Community High School will be a four-year starter in 2005. He list seven offers from schools across the country. Is Michigan included in that list? GoBlueWolverine.com spoke with the Indiana "Top 50" team member Wednesday to find out. <br>

A.J. Edds Profile

Reporting a 3.9 grade-point-average and an 1170 score on the SAT to go along with seven scholarship offers to play football, the options are many for outside linebacker A.J. Edds of Greenwood, Ind., Community High School, and he's keeping them all open. "I have offers from Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Stanford, Boston College, Louisville, and Vanderbilt," he said. "I would say right now my top four schools are Purdue, Notre Dame, Florida, and Ohio State in no particular order. But I am keeping things open, I know a lot of schools want to get you into camp so you can prove you can handle yourself." His father played for Indiana and while Edds said he grew up a Hoosier fan and they were the first to offer, that won't have an affect on his choice of schools.

Michigan was recently included in Edds' list of favorites and he was in Ann Arbor for Junior Day, but the Wolverines have since slipped. "Michigan is a strange situation," he said. "I am still very interested in them but the correspondence from them has dropped lately. I know they have one linebacker in the fold (Brandon Graham) and have two or three others that appear to be their top targets. They've told me they like to offer players later in the year, but I know they've already offered something like 30 kids. I now know I'm in the second-tier of linebackers they are looking at, and I'm taking that into consideration."

The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Edds said he recently visited four schools in the South - Georgia Tech, Florida, and Miami - and plans on making camp stops at five or six different schools this summer. "I'll be going to camps for sure at Notre Dame, Purdue, and Ohio State," he said. "I'd also like to go to the Vanderbilt camp, I've never been down there and I'd like to check out the campus and the school. I will most likely do one-day visits to all the camps."

As a junior, Edds had 139 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. He also played tight end for Greenwood and had 544 yards receiving and four touchdowns. "Most schools are recruiting me for the outside linebacker spot," he said. "A couple schools, including Miami, are looking at me as a tight-end."

Edds first saw the field as a varsity player his freshman year at an often over looked position. "I am also the long-snapper for the team," he said. "That was my first position as a varsity player my freshman year. My dad was a long-snapper at Indiana so I learned it from him."

On the academic side, Edds said he would like to major in business or management. "After that I'd like to move into law," he said. "My education is very important because I know football doesn't last forever. People I've talked to have said that college isn't so much a four-year decision as it is a 40-year decision, so the type of degree I obtain is very important. I'm not so sure I'll actually practice law though, but a law degree opens up a lot of options."

Edds said he also participates on the track team at Greenwood, running in the 110 and 300 hurdles, as well as the 4X100 and 4X200 relay teams. He also said his track schedule will most likely keep him from the spring combine circuit. "A lot of my track meets conflict with the combine dates," he said. "There are a lot of events happening on April 23, and I was originally planning on attending the Scout.com combine at Champaign. Notre Dame is having their spring game on that date too, so I am going to visit them. Tom Lemming will be there talking to players."

He said he will begin to narrow his list of schools down as his season approaches. "I'll look at my list of offers at that point and get it down to four or five schools that have expressed interest, and that I like," he said. "Those will be the schools I will officially visit. After that I will look hard at all my options before coming to a decision. I want to make sure I am 100-percent sure. Once I commit I want to make sure I won't be second-guessing my decision."

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