Midwest LB makes southern swing

There are a lot of good linebackers in the Midwest and Indiana's <b>A.J. Edds</b> is one of the best. Edds is on vacation in Florida with his father and Scout.com caught up with him the 6-foot-4, 218-pounder from Greenwood to see if he's been making the rounds in the Sunshine State.

"Everything has been very relaxing," said A.J. Edds. "I'm down here visiting some family and also checking out some schools.

"On our way down to Florida, we stopped off at Georgia Tech for a visit and that was impressive. I liked Tech a lot.

"We also visited Florida and couldn't helped be impressed by them. Coach (Greg) Mattison and Coach (Urban) Meyer told me they like me as an outside backer and I'm definitely on their radar screen.

"What I liked most about the coaching staff at Florida is that they are honest. They told me that they do have some linebackers in the south that they are recruiting and have ahead of me on their board but they do like me and they are enthused that I like Florida.

"I'm going to visit Miami today. I'm anxious to get down there. I was happy to get the invitation. Miami has a great linebacker tradition and I've heard a lot of great things about the school and the campus."

One school that has recruited the state of Indiana well going back to the James Banks days is Tennessee. The Vols had a shot at U.S. Army All-American J.B. Paxson last year and this year Tennessee will make a run at A.J. Edds.

"I don't have an offer from Tennessee yet but I did visit them for a junior day a little while ago." Edds said.

"Tennessee's junior day was a little unorganized but I still had a good time. We walked in their indoor facility and there were just so many people. They must have invited 200 guys.

"I finally got to meet (assistant coach) Greg Atkins for the first time and we had a good conversation."

Did Tennessee make Edds' latest list of favorites?

"I have offers from Stanford, Indiana, Purdue, Louisville and Illinois. My favorites are Florida, Purdue, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana." Edds said.

A.J. Edds had 139 tackles, 12 tackles, for loss, 4 interceptions and 3 sacks in 2004. He was named to several all-state teams and he was also a "Top 50" selection by the Indiana Football Coaches Association.

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