TheInsiders.com caught up with former Bowie high school assistant coach and Michigan State stand out Doug Rogers who is mentoring Edwards through the process. Rogers took some time out of his schedule to give us an update on Barrington's status.
Coming out of Bowie (MD) high school Edwards was rated as a 4-star prospect, #59 on TheInsiders.com National Hot 100, # 5 among Running Backs. Super Prep ranked Barrington as the #11 prospect in the Mid-Atlantic region he was also named as a Super Prep All-American. As a high school junior Edwards was a 1st team Class AAAA all-state selection, and was selected as the offensive player of the year in Prince George County. As a junior Edwards rushed for 2,289 yards and 27 touchdowns. He helped lead Bowie to the state Class AAAA championship, as they finished the season at 12-1. As a senior the Bowie offense was modified and Barrington was featured more as a wide receiver and a full back rushing for 590 yards on 67 carries.
At LSU Edwards found himself in a logjam with Justin Vincent and Alley Broussard two other highly touted recruits who came to the Tigers in the same class as Edwards. According to Rogers Vincent got the opportunity and he took advantage of it.
"They put Justin in and he took advantage of it, and he was very productive. Barrington or Alley may have done the same, but Justin got that shot and he took it," said Rogers.
Barrington could've stayed at LSU and possibly red shirted or bided his time and waited for opportunity that may have never came.
"He was there an competing with those guy's so he's even better now then he was. It's not fair to him to have to sit, because he feels he can help someone."
At LSU Edwards received some work late in games, often after the outcome had been decide he carried the ball 41 times for 161 yards. His big moment came against Arkansas when he blocked a punt against the Razorbacks.
Six schools are currently in the hunt for Edwards including Pittsburgh, Ohio State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Miami, and Michigan State. Rogers thinks three of those schools may offer Barrington the best opportunity to showcase his talents.
"If I had to give an edge to anyone I'd say Pittsburgh, Ohio State, and either NC State, or North Carolina. I'm working on getting his film together to give it to those schools on Monday; a lot of them don't have his tape from two years ago. Once we get that and his academic paper work together we're hoping to come to a decision this week. Basically if the schools have a scholarship to offer, they are going to get a heck of a player."
Edwards is entering his sophomore season, when he transfers he'll be forced to sit out for one year and he'll still have his sophomore eligibility.
Barrington chose LSU over offers from Georgia, Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, and USC.