Lorenzo Edwards Taking his Time

For the second year in a row the Michigan Wolverines have set their sites on Edgewater high school in Orlando Florida in hopes of landing a heralded recruit. They were successful in plucking wide receiver Greg Mathews from the Sunshine State program. They hope to have similar success this time around with S/LB Lorenzo Edwards.

Lorenzo Edwards teamed with future Michigan wideout Greg Mathews last season to help Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater high to an 11-2 record last season. In the process he recorded 120 tackles (97 solo), five interceptions, five sacks, and three fumble recoveries. Though obviously a very good athlete, Edwards points to another trait as the biggest reason for his success.

"My strength is my knowledge of the game and knowing where I'm supposed to be…the understanding of the game," Edwards said. "My strength is also hitting."

Power programs from across the country have taken note of Edwards' combination of athleticism and smarts and have been lining up to offer him scholarships. The 6-2 215-pounder planned to visit a few of hose schools and the end of April, and Michigan was one of them.

"First I went to Notre Dame Friday (April 28th), then I went to Michigan on Saturday (April 29th), then I went to Northwestern on Sunday (April 30th)," said Edwards. "I've also made it to Miami before. It wasn't really an unofficial. I just sat down and talked with Coach Walton and Coach Coker. I've been to Florida a couple of times too, but just for some games."

Edwards' Midwest tour proved to be enlightening. He indicated that all of the trips had their strong points, but that none stuck out more than the others.

"The visits were all good," he said. "I learned a lot about the schools in the little time that I had. They did their best to show what they all offered and I got a really good impression of all of them."

Michigan began lay the foundation for their recruitment of Edwards well before he became a nationally recognized prospect. The Wolverines early interest stuck with youngster.

"They started showing interest end of my freshman year," Edwards said regarding Michigan. "I could tell they were interested when they were recruiting Greg (Mathews). They didn't talk to me, but I kind of got the vibe that they wanted to."

The Michigan coaching staff may have not been able to put in an early word for the Maize and Blue, but after he decided to become a Wolverine himself, Greg Mathews sure did.

"He talks to me about Michigan all of the time," Edwards said. "We're pretty close…especially during my sophomore season we used to go to all the JV games and go out together."

"Him being there doesn't have any effect on what I'm doing, but I'm sure they wouldn't mind two Edgewater stars up there."

According to an interview conducted by Scout.com a few weeks back, Mathews filled Edwards in on what to expect when he got to Ann Arbor.

"He says once I see the campus, I’ll fall in love with it and commit," Edwards said to Scout.com's Allen Wallace. "He likes to think he has some influence over my decision. I like the team a lot and think the coaches are excellent."

Edwards obviously didn't commit on his visit, but he did enjoy his time on campus.

"First they took me to Schembechler Hall," recalled Edwards. "Then they took me to the new academic center they built for all of the athletes in the school. That's a nice center, especially with all of the technology that they built into it. That's a place where I think I could get my work done. They took me to the stadium, which was huge. Then I went back to Schembechler Hall and talked to Coach Carr."

Based on criteria Edwards plans to use for making his decision, the new academic center may prove to be a significant feather in the Wolverines cap when he gets ready to make his choice.

"The first thing I'll look at is academics," he said. "Then it will be the coaching. Distance won't be a factor. I'll decide after my senior football season."

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