There may not have been a more dominate football player in the country last season than the talented defensive end and Florida State commitment out of Denton Ryan HS. Edwards Jr helped lead possibly the best defense in the state of Texas last year with 127-tackles, 18-sacks, 50-tackles for loss and two-fumble recoveries that he returned for touchdowns.
Back in March Edwards Jr decided that Florida State was where he wanted to play his college ball and committed to the Seminoles. Edwards Jr's father, Mario Edwards Sr, played defensive back for the Seminoles back in the late 90's which also played a factor in Jr's decision to commit to Florida State.
Recently though, Edwards Jr decided he wanted to head up to Norman to see what the Sooners were all about. And according to Edwards Jr the decision was a no brainer with Oklahoma being ranked number one in multiple preseason polls.
"Really it was because Norman is only about two hours away from where I live. Also, OU is the number one team in the country," Edwards Jr stated. "I mean it made no sense to be two hours away and not go see how the number one team in the country works. I really wanted to go and see how they work and what were the reasons for why they were number one, and it's because they work so hard."
Oklahoma defensive tackle coach, Jackie Shipp, was in charge of showing Edwards Jr around while he was on campus. Edwards Jr also got the oppurtunity to meet with Head Coach, Bob Stoops, who let Edwards Jr know what kind of prospect he is.
"The coaches, I really liked them," Edwards Jr said. "I really liked Jackie Shipp, he was the one that was showing me around the most. And then I met Bob Stoops, we just kind of sat down and talked. He was saying that I am the type of player that can come and make a change in their program. I felt honored for them to tell me that, that being still in high school that I have the potential to come in and contribute to the already number one team in the country."
Edwards Jr is not your normal high school defensive end and you can tell that just by looking at him. He is listed at 6-foot-4 and 260-pounds but informed us that he currently weighs 289-pounds. Edwards Jr enlightened us on the fact that he was recently timed at a 4.57 at his school in the forty. At that size and with that speed that's got to weigh heavily on opposing quarterbacks minds.
Currently in Norman, new dorm rooms are being built and that was one of the things that stood out to Edwards Jr when he got the tour of the facilities.
"The facilities were nice. The field, the weight room and they kind of showed me the dorms and everything. They were saying if I come to Norman that the dorms they are making now, they kind of showed me like the blue print I guess of it, and that was looking nice as well," Edwards explained.
After seeing what the Sooners have to offer and coming away impressed Edwards Jr informed that he will be getting back to Norman again this season.
"Yes," Edwards Jr said about heading back to Norman. "I don't know when but we are definitely going back up to Norman again."
Shortly after leaving Norman Edwards Jr headed to Tallahasse to hang out with some of his future teammates.
"It was fun," Edwards Jr said about his visit to Florida State. "I hung out with Karlos Williams, who just recently made it there. I hung out with Dante Fowler and Eddie Goldman and kind of like bonded and everything. And Eddie said that FSU was at the top of his list so that was kind of a shocker."
Edwards Jr talked about where he stands with Florida State and the Oklahoma Sooners now after the two visits.
"Florida State, they are still my school but Oklahoma is up there too," Edwards Jr said. "If I wasn't committed or verbally committed I would say OU would be number two. They are kind of in the same position but I'm verbally (committed) with FSU."
Stick with Sooners Illustrated moving forward for more information on Edwards Jr including when he decides on what game he will head up to see in Norman later this year.