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Columbus (MS) HS WR Bruce Edwards

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/highschool/football/2003/bruceedwards.jpg" align="left" width="119" height="161"> [Premium article] Gene's Page interviewed Columbus HS wide receiver/slotback Bruce Edwards. Bruce is not only one of the top wide receivers in Mississippi but a potential D-I baseball player as well.

Here is what his head coach said about him: "In all my years of coaching, the three best receivers that I have coached are Rashad Anderson (plays for the Carolina Panthers), Todd Pinkston (plays for the Philadelphia Eagles) and Bruce Edwards," said Columbus HS head football coach Roy McCrory. "He can fly and has exceptional hands. He can catch a ball in a crowd. He is very acrobatic. Bruce is also a very good baseball player. When they hit one in the gap, they think it is going to be a double or triple, but Bruce will catch it and will make it look easy doing it."

What is your height, weight and forty speed?
"I am 5-10, 165 and I run a 4.3 forty."

4.3 is really fast. Do you know what you run the 100 meters in?
"I really don't know. I ran in a track meet the other day but I had a pulled hamstring. I ran a 10.8. I know that I'm faster than that."

Do you know what your maximum bench and squat are?
"My bench is 225 and the last time I maxed the squat, it was 405. That was the beginning of my sophomore year. I play a lot of baseball during the time they lift weights. That has held me back as far as the squat part of lifting."

What do you feel you are best at on the football field?
"I believe I run good patterns and have good hands. My speed plays a major part in getting open. I also believe I can go up for the ball real well for my size."

What do you feel you need to improve as a football player?
"I need to get more physical and stronger."

What are your personal goals for next season?
"I want to step up and be a leader for the team. I would like to catch a lot of passes."

What honors have you won in your football and baseball careers?
"In football, I was All-District and All-Area. In baseball, I made All-Area and I was also a pre-season Collegiate Baseball All-American."

Did you attend any football camps last summer?
"I attended one, the Bowden Camp."

Do you plan on attending any football and baseball camps this summer?
"Yes sir, I plan on attending some this summer. I will attend an LSU camp in football. I'm also trying to decide between Mississippi State and Southern Miss. In baseball, I plan on going to one Showcase in Mobile. I might be going to a high school camp at Mississippi State."

Did you attend any college football games last fall?
"Yes sir, the Alabama-Mississippi State game. I also went to the BYU game."

Have you attended any college baseball games?
"I went to a Mississippi State-Georgia game at Mississippi State. It was a Junior Day. That is the only college baseball game that I have been to."

Have you grown up a fan of any particular college?
"Pretty much LSU and Mississippi State."

What schools are sending you letters in football?
"LSU, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Ole Miss, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Auburn and quite a few others."

What schools are sending you letters in baseball?
"Tennessee Tech, South Alabama, Alabama and Mississippi State."

Did your parents attend college?
"My mom graduated from Mississippi State and my dad went to Jackson State."

If you have brothers and sisters, did they attend college?
"Both attended MUW."

You mentioned that you also play baseball. Tell me a little more about that part of your high school career.
"I play centerfield and shortstop. Centerfield is my primary position."

What are you good at on the baseball diamond?
"I think I had the highest fielding percentage on the team and the most stolen bases. I broke the stolen base school record and I'm trying to get the state record now. Last year, I went 50 for 50 in stolen bases. This year, I went 40 for 42 this year. I got picked off twice. A catcher hasn't thrown me out yet. From the end of my freshman year to my junior year, I stole 74 straight without been caught."

How well do you hit?
"I'm a switch-hitter. I was a natural right-handed hitter. Last year was my first year to switch-hit and I batted .324. This year I batted .411."

From what your coach said, you are a pretty good baseball player.
"Yes sir."

Are pro baseball scouts looking at you?
"Yes sir. My speed pretty much gets the scouts attention, especially when I run the 60. My coach clocked me at 6.3 but I went to a Showcase and they clocked me at 6.4."

What will you be doing this summer as far as baseball is concerned?
"I will be playing for the Columbus Dizzy Dean baseball team. I am also playing for the Mississippi All-Star team. They play in the Sun Belt Classic in Oklahoma. I played for them last year."


Other Bruce Edwards information:

  • Bruce is an exceptional student who takes Advance Placement classes. He has already made a very good ACT score. It goes without saying that he will easily qualify.
  • Bruce caught 29 passes for 591 yards and 8 touchdowns last season.


    Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports and Mississippi high school sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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