Currently Edwards lists offers from BYU, Washington State, Eastern Washington, Duke, Fresno State and the Beavers, with interest coming from UCLA and Utah. Nearly all of the schools recruiting Emoryie envision him as a receiver but the Beavers see him as something else.
“Oregon State offered me as a safety. I have been able to develop a really good relationship with Cory Hall through the recruiting process and Oregon State is the only school that has offered me on the defensive side of the ball,” Edwards told BeaverBlitz.
The thought of playing on the defensive side of the ball is intriguing to the two-way standout from Tulare Union High School. Last fall, he led the Tribe to a 9-2 record while leading the Central Section with 94 receptions for over 1,500 yards receiving and 19 touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, he compiled 20 tackles and picked off a pass. The prospect of playing collegiately on defense has definitely piqued his interest in the Beavers.
“I think it’s cool to have something different; to have a coach see something else in me is cool, everybody else talks about scoring touchdowns and making plays with the ball in their hands but Coach Hall talks about how I could be making plays without the ball in my hands. It’s something that I could definitely see myself doing, being that playmaker on the backend.”
As for the bigger picture in his recruitment, Edwards is starting to feel the pressure of the recruiting process however he says that no program has yet to really emerge as a favorite.
“Right now, nobody has really pulled ahead of one another; honestly I still get overwhelmed a bit with it all," he said. "I used to dream about getting offers to all these schools and now with just the handful that I have, I’m already feeling like I need to make a decision, but I don’t feel like I’m quite ready to do it yet. I grew up a fan of USC and UCLA, the schools in the area but I’m very open to every school."
As the spring rolls on for Emoryie, he is starting to develop some plans to get out and see a couple schools unofficially although a majority of his visits will more than likely have to wait until this fall.
Edwards just wrapped up his junior season of hoops where his team lost to the eventual Valley League champions in the 2nd round of the playoffs. With his hoops season having ended, Emoryie will now turn his attention to training for football and attending local camps including The Opening regionals.