Edwards Top Irish Target

If Notre Dame is going to improve their defense in the long run, they must sign big, fast athletes on the defensive side of the ball next year. The problem they've had in the past is that they just couldn't close the deal with players from the Southeast. One of the top juniors from that region is safety Lorenzo Edwards of Edgewater high school (Orlando, Fla.)

The Irish did a solid job of landing the players they targeted from the Southeast this past recruiting year. Notre Dame just signed Morrice Richardson (Georgia), Toryan Smith (Georgia) and Raeshon McNeil (North Carolina), but a difference maker for the 2007 class is safety Lorenzo Edwards (6-2, 221-pounds) and he has interest in the Irish.

"My parents stress academics all the time," Edwards explained when asked if he had interest in attending Notre Dame. "I'm really into the academic programs at schools. I'm aware the Notre Dame is one of the top schools in what I want to study, which is architectural engineering.

"Notre Dame has one of the best coaches in college football," he continued "I think it would be a great thing for a football team, being that coach Weis has all the experience that he has, and he knows what he's talking about. I know their football program is excellent. I know they have a great tradition. I love the way they play together -- it's just amazing all around."

Recruiting for juniors is just starting to ramp up, but the Irish have already tabbed Edwards as one of their primary targets with an early scholarship offer.

"Coach Charlie Weis offered me a full scholarship for next year," Edwards said of his recent conversation with the Irish head coach. "He's very nonchalant, very calm. I loved his sense of humor. He's a really fun guy. He's a really cool guy. He kind of surprised me a little, on TV he looks rough and tough, but he's a really nice guy.

"Ever since the (U.S. Army junior) combine I've received offers from Notre Dame and Nebraska. I can't remember the others. I've received a lot more than I had expected though, the last couple weeks."

"Right now I'm open to everyone," Edwards responded when asked to name the schools he was most interested in. "I'm just trying to learn about every school. Notre Dame along with some other premier schools are the schools I'd like to look into. All the SEC and ACC."

Edwards recently proved he deserves the attention of the best football programs in the country when he was name to the prestigious U.S. Army junior all-combine team. Although he has the size of a linebacker, he moves like a safety.

"I went in as a linebacker and did the drills," Edwards explained of the junior combine. "Then when we went to the three-on-three I switched up from corner, safety and linebacker; I covered receivers and running backs to show that I could run with the best of them."

For those on hand at the combine, Edwards certainly proved he is capable of playing safety, but will colleges want to move him to linebacker?

"They ask me if I want to play safety or linebacker," Edwards replied when asked what position colleges were recruiting him to play. "I prefer playing safety, but if they need me to play linebacker, I'm willing to dedicate myself to become a better player at that position.

Edwards reported a 3.5 g.p.a.

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