Recruiting the state of Indiana has generally been an afterthought for most Notre Dame coaches. Frankly, there hasn't been enough talent year-in and year-out to be overly concerned about. Times are changing, and players like A.J. Edds are turning heads at top programs including Notre Dame.
Edds plays both tight end and linebacker for the Greenwood Woodmen. Last season he recorded 70 solo tackles, 140 total tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries at linebacker. At tight end he had 500 yards receiving and four touchdowns. As a junior he was named to the Indiana Coaches Association All-State team and the Associated Press Class 4A All-State team.
With production and recognition like that, We asked Edds what schools are showing the most interest.
"Notre Dame, Illinois, Purdue, Michigan, all the schools in the Midwest basically, plus a bunch of others schools like Duke, Tennessee, Arizona," said Edds. "Purdue and Illinois have offered.
"I'm going to the Illinois junior day this weekend. The following weekend, I'm going to Purdue on Saturday for their junior day, and then going up to Michigan on Sunday for their junior day.
Does Edds have any interest in Notre Dame?
"Oh, absolutely. I went to a couple games last season," Edds said. "The Michigan game and then the Pittsburgh game later in the year.
"I'd like to go to one of their junior days. I saw coach Weis' press conference on television. He mentioned that they were having a junior day later this month. I'm pretty sure it's a big basketball weekend. I'd like to get up there, but I haven't received anything in the mail about it yet."
We asked the Indianapolis area prospect what his impression of the new Irish staff has been so far.
"I haven't had a chance to speak with the new staff. I understand that they've been pretty busy, but they have been sending letters." Edds explained, "The information I've received from Notre Dame tells you about the recruiting class they just signed and also describes what the coaches plans are for the program."
Edds did mention he knew one of those recruits Notre Dame recently signed.
"I know Patrick Kuntz. We played basketball together." explained Edds. "He's a very good football player. He can get crazy on the field, but he's a good guy."
What position will Edds play in college?
"I prefer linebacker, and with my size and speed, I'll probably play outside linebacker. Most schools have talked about defense." Edds said. "I'm a three-sport athlete, so I really haven't been able to develop my body and add bulk. I could possibly play rush defensive end as long as I didn't lose my speed as I gain weight, but I see myself at outside linebacker."
Comments: A.J. is very articulate and very personable. He will be one of the better prospects in the state, if not the best. Purdue has done a very good job landing the top prospects in Indiana and they have already offered. There will be a number of schools chasing this player, but I do think Edds likes Notre Dame quite a bit.