Greg Mathews' Junior Teammate Has U-M Offer

The University of Michigan is pursuing another teammate of a 2006 Wolverines signee. Linebacker/safety Lorenzo Edwards of Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla., home of wide receiver Greg Mathews, spoke with about his recruitment, and whether he's considering joining Mathews in Ann Arbor.

West Virginia was the first to offer defensive prospect Lorenzo Edwards of Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla. Since then, Edwards said 14 schools have jumped into the fray -- "Tons in seems," he told GoBlueWolverine. "Michigan, Miami, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Georgia Tech ... those are some of them." As far as favorites, "I'm open to everyone right now," Edwards said. "I'm hoping to visit as many schools as I can so I have as much information as possible on each. I'm not even going to consider deciding before the end of my senior season."

Edgewater is the home of 2006 Michigan wide receiver signee Greg Mathews. "Yep, he's trying to get me to join him on the Michigan bandwagon," Edwards said, laughing. "I know my mom would like me to stay close to home, but that is a decision I'm going to make on my own." He added that he was aware of the recent coaching changes at Michigan, where Ron English has been elevated from defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator, but has yet to speak to the new Wolverine DC. "I'm being recruited my Mr. Erik Campbell," he said. "I met Coach Campbell when he was down here recruiting Greg."

While the 6-foot-1 1/2, 213-pound Edwards saw limited time at the running back spot; he knows his future is on defensive side of the ball. "The schools are telling me I can play safety or linebacker," he said. "I prefer safety."

Edwards attended the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Junior Combine as a sophomore (where he ran a 4.51 second 40) and as a junior, and his looking to play in the feature game as a senior. "It's been a goal of mine since I was a freshman," he said. As far as this January's combine, he told us, "I went there as a linebacker, and I worked out at linebacker in the early drills ... but then later on during the three on three's (the QB-WR-DB drills) I moved over and worked out some as a defensive back, both as a safety and as a cornerback ... and that's where I think I did the best."

As far as this spring's combines, he said, "I went to a Nike camp last year, and just received my invite to attend one of their camps this spring. I'm not sure if I'll go to the one in Miami or Gainesville."

"Right now, "I'm playing basketball and am more focused on that."

Looking to major in architectural engineering, Edwards has done some investigation into those majors at the schools he is considering. "I know Notre Dame and Florida have prestigious programs in my major," he said. "I'm going to have the coaches from the other schools send me information on their programs."

Might a Florida guy with no connections in the North like Greg has really consider the Midwest? "Sure ... I mean .. I have never been to the North before, but whatever schools I visit -- they will all be given an equal look by me. I do have a decision to make. It's unbelievable that so many schools are recruiting me."

"Going North ... it could happen."

For his junior campaign, Edwards reports 97 tackles, 21 for loss, to go along with five interceptions and three fumble recoveries. The Eagles finished the 2005 season with a 12-2 record, falling in the state semi-finals 28-20 to Winter Park.

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