Edwards talks in-depth on Navy decision

Marcus Edwards knew Wednesday would be the day he make his college decision between Cornell and Navy. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman out of Sabino High School in Tucson, Ariz., who received his Navy offer in June, shared with GoMids.com how the day transpired.

"We went into the coach's office after fourth period," Edwards said. "My plan was to commit so I let everybody know. My parents, my coach, and my vice-principal were all there with me when I told them I was calling Coach Johns at Navy. I did so and verbally committed right there. He told me that the whole staff was super excited to receive the commitment and then he welcomed me in as part of the brotherhood. I told him Navy is the perfect fit for me.

"Really, for me, the determining factor [in choosing Navy] is the high education I know I get there couple with being able to play D-1 football. Not many schools are able to offer that. You look at Navy and you see one of the most prestigious schools in the country as far as academic standards are concerned and then you see a really good football program under Coach Niumatalolo. I'll be able to study engineering like I planned and serve my country. Those are both big pluses. My father was in the Air Force for 23 years. He's now retired. I've always been interested in serving myself. Now I'm able to do that and extend my playing career. With football, I think I'm going to fit in great in the defensive scheme.

"I was on campus in October when we played VMI. I loved my entire experience up there. The weather was great. I got to see the brotherhood at the academy. It extends beyond the team to all the cadets. The atmosphere, in general, was perfect.

"The feeling I have now is one of relief. Everyday I had people asking me what I was going to do about college. I had other colleges showing me interest, saying that they were going to offer, but I already found the perfect one for me so I didn't think there was any reasons to delay my decision."

Unfortunately, Edwards had a setback this year suffering an ACL injury which sidelined him the duration of his senior season at Sabino. Despite not being able to compete, Edwards was still there for his team.

"I was at every game except the weekend I went to Navy," he said. "It was my junior season that was really exceptional and what got me on the radar at the colleges that were recruiting me. The Navy offer actually came in after I got injured. They want me on the interior. They staff thinks I can be a huge run stopper for them but also someone with the ability to rush the passer. The said on film my aggressiveness stood out to them. My explosiveness and ability to get off blockers really turned their heads. That's what they told me.

"I feel like the knee is 100-percent but I'm not going to do any sport this spring and take any chances. I'm just going to work on getting the knee even better and conditioning for Prep ball next year."

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