Edwards Still In The Running

Although the recruiting world as a whole looks different than it did a month ago, not much has changed in the world of Mike Edwards. The Cleveland Glenville product is heading into the final two months of the recruiting year still facing an uncertain future.

On Nov. 12, BuckeyeSports.com broke the story that safety prospect Bradley McDougald was no longer committed to Ohio State. Twelve days later, safety prospect Vlad Emilien issued a verbal commitment to Michigan, removing him from OSU's radar.

Throughout it all, four-star Cleveland Glenville cornerback prospect Mike Edwards has waited. Now heading into the final two months before National Signing Day, the 5-10, 170-pound Edwards is still hoping for an offer from the Buckeyes. In his weekly conversations with cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson – who is also the recruiter in charge of the Cleveland area – Edwards is still being told to be patient.

Edwards' hope is that good things will come to those who wait.

"They said they are definitely looking at bringing in another DB now and that I'm definitely one of the guys that they are high on," Edwards told BuckeyeSports.com. "Me and Coach Johnson were talking on the phone and he said possibly another offensive lineman too. They said they're looking to add another defensive back and possibly another offensive lineman. That's it. That's what they're talking about in their meetings now."

As it stands, the OSU class of 2009 has 24 verbal commitments. Estimates have pegged the class as finishing with anywhere from 25-28 members when all is said and done.

Edwards said Johnson has not told him how many players the coaches are hoping to land this year, and they have not told him how many defensive backs they are looking at to potentially fill out the class.

There is also no timetable for when Edwards could find himself receiving an offer from the Buckeyes. Despite that, the Tarblooder said he feels his chances of eventually landing a scholarship offer are increasing.

Up next for Edwards is the ACT, which he said he plans to take Dec. 13. He had planned to take an official visit somewhere during the weekend of Dec. 5 but opted to hold out until January.

When the calendar flips to the new year, Edwards will begin taking official visits. Where those visits will be taken has not yet been determined.

"I'm considering my choices, and it's going to take some time to put them together," he said.

Edwards said he has not landed any recent scholarship offers. In addition to his weekly contact with the Buckeyes, Edwards said he talks to Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan on a regular basis as well.

"Most of the schools are still looking the same," he said. "I haven't really had a lot of time to sit down and look at the schools and how they compare."

While Edwards does not have a list of top schools, he is at least keeping an eye somewhat focused on the recruiting world.

"I try not to get involved until I start picking my schools," he said, noting that he knew of Emilien's commitment to the Wolverines. "Then I'll get into the schools and then see how things go, but I try not to follow that because I try not to focus on things like that all the time."

Before too long, however, he will have to. Where Ohio State will be when that time comes remains to be seen.

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