Edwards Talks U Offer, Visit

Chelsea (Mich.) running back Berkley Edwards was in attendance Thursday at the Gophers practice and also received his first Big Ten offer from Minnesota.

"I think (the Gopher offer) was really big," Edwards said. "I'm very happy they offered me."

Edwards also enjoyed the opportunity to watch Minnesota practice.

"The practice is great," he said. "It's a very intense practice. It's been a fun experience. My favorite part of the visit has been the new stadium."

Growing up in Big Ten territory having the opportunity to play in the Big Ten has always been a dream.

"It has been a dream to play in the Big Ten," Edwards said.

Edwards is mostly viewed as a running back by schools but a couple of schools are looking at him as a slot receiver.

"The Gophers are recruiting me at running back," he said. "Most of them are recruiting me as a running back. A couple of schools are saying that maybe they want me in the slot position."

While position likely won't be the determining factor for Edwards he does have a preferred position.

"I would prefer to play running back but whatever helps me get in the NFL I'll do," he explained.

Besides the NFL, Edwards is very interested in the restaurant business.

"I want to major in business or culinary arts," he said. "I'm interested in the restaurant business. My favorite place to eat would have to be Olive Garden."

If the Gophers were to land Edwards they would be adding a self-described speed back to a mix of mostly power backs.

"I would describe myself as a speed back and a back who runs hard. I would rather make someone miss with a juke move than run them over," the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder said.

Off the field Edwards would describe himself as a vocal person.

"I can be a vocal person," he said. "I can set a standard in the classroom and help people out."

While the Gophers are the first Big Ten team to offer Edwards, he does have scholarships from all around the Midwest.

"I have offers from Central Michigan, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Cincinnati and Kent State," he said.

While all of Edwards' offers are currently from the Midwest distance won't play a huge factor for him.

"I want to be somewhat close to home just not super far away," he said. "As long as it's not too far it's not a huge deal."

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