Deon Edwards is a do it all defensive back. That’s what Dave Huxtable likes about him and that’s why he offered.
Tuesday was the day when Edwards learned he had an offer from NC State and he could not have sounded much happier about the offer when he was speaking about it during the evening. It was the predictable course of events that led to the offer.
The coaching staff watched Edwards on film. They told Edwards (6-1, 190) that they were impressed with what they saw. They said all that needed to happen was a satisfactory review of his academic performance. When they were convinced he was good to go they let Edwards know that he had an offer.
Just like that Edwards had another major conference offer to go along with others from South Carolina, Boston College and Missouri. The number of ACC and SEC schools offering Edwards can be expected to rise as more schools catch wind of what the Lake Minneola safety is doing down in Florida.
Huxtable visited Lake Minneola this week and dropped off a card with his contact information so his intent is to stay in touch with Edwards.
“He just likes the way I play football. He watched my film a couple of times. He said they really like me and the way I could fit into the defense.”
Edwards is a safety and fitting into the defense at NC State means playing the same position in college. He has not just been a run of the mill safety so far. Lake Minneola puts a 4-2-5 defensive alignment on the field so Edwards is accustomed to playing in a secondary with an extra defensive back. That means his assignments are a little different than what a normal safety’s would be.
He plays a strong safety position that doubles in responsibilities between what most outside linebackers do and what a lot of safeties do.
“It’s basically an outside linebacker but also a coverer. It’s still basically a safety but they send me on a lot of blitzes. I play a lot of man to man. I’m the most aggressive player on the field.”
Huxtable told Edwards that he wants to talk to him soon so it is a relationship that should start quickly. During their first talk Huxtable did not have a lot of time so he cut to the chase and their discussion did not touch on many key points. Edwards knows he has an offer, he knows the program has had some success over the years, and he knows enough to conclude that it is a school he wants to visit.
“He told me I did need to come visit the school. Most likely I’m going to visit any school that offers me so I would consider making an official visit whenever that time is.”
Western Kentucky is another school that has offered Edwards and he thinks Arkansas has offered too but he needs to make sure that process has been completed and the offer is a done deal. He expects it to be a bona fide offer in any case.
Edwards might expect to visit NC State and the other schools that have offered but FAU and Florida are the only schools he has seen so far. Because he has not done a lot of traveling or campus viewing he does not feel comfortable naming a favorite.
“I haven’t really went to many Junior Days or things like that so I need to see a lot more about the teams, the football fields, the environments and areas and where all of the schools are located.”
South Carolina was the first school to offer Edwards two months ago and not long after he had finished his sophomore season of football at Lake Minneola. He has gained acclaim since a Pylon passing tournament performance around that time when he competed well against good players.