It is difficult to watch Lorenzo Edwards (6-2, 221-pounds) and not see his athletic ability. Then again, not too many people are questioning whether he is a top football prospect. The question that Edwards wants to answer is that he has the ability to play safety and not linebacker in college.
At the Scout.com combine in Jacksonville, like he did in San Antonio, Edwards played cornerback against the top wide receivers. The results were quite similar. He was dominant.
"Yes sir, exactly," Edwards responded when asked if he played cornerback to show that he could match up in coverage with wide receivers. "The combine was great. It was run really smoothly. I enjoyed the competition. Overall I think I did very well in the coverage and in all the drills. I think I did very well overall.
"In San Antonio there was a lot more competition. There were more people I could go up against. This time it was limited. I went up against a couple of guys over and over. There really wasn't as much competition as there was in San Antonio, but I've improved each day [since the San Antonio combine] with my weight training and my speed training, so I felt more comfortable."
While Edwards is getting more comfortable the receivers are getting fewer catches. This has been a building experience for Edwards. His first combine experience came over a year ago and his confidence has continued to improve.
"In my sophomore year I went to the U.S. Army All-American combine not knowing what it was," Edwards explained. "I was nervous and everything. I talked to my dad before the combine and he said that I was going to go up against good competition. I said ‘bring it on.' That's where the confidence kicks in. You can't worry about who you're going up against. You just have to go against them and see where you are. Working the way I do and improving my work ethic, my confidence has improved immensely. It keeps on improving and getting stronger."
So, how much more confidence does he need? How much more does he need to prove? I'm not certain there is answer to those questions, but he certainly isn't going to shy away from competition.
"I'm going to do two more," Edwards said of his intentions to compete in additional combines. "I'm going to the Nike combine in Miami on April 9. I'm going to the Elite Combine at Notre Dame on April 29.
"When I go the combines that are held at the schools, I like to take visits to the schools while I'm there. That's why I'm going to the one at Notre Dame, because I want to take an unofficial visit while I'm up there. It's not only for the exposure, but it's for myself and I want to see what the school is like.
"I expect to find out what their architectural program is all about. I'd like to mingle with the coaching staff and find out how they are in person. Hang out and see how it really is.
"I'm going up Friday, the combine is Saturday and we leave late Sunday," he added.
Edwards is one of Notre Dame's top prospects for the 2007 recruiting class, but the Irish will have plenty of competition for his signature as Lorenzo has more offers than he can count at this time.
"Right now I don't know the exact number and I wouldn't be able to tell any schools that are standing out because they're all coming at me," Edwards said. "They're all sending me hand-written letters and form letters. They're all coming at me the same."
As a junior campaign, Edwards recorded 97 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries.