Edwards' Educated Approach

The Virginia DB and Duke commit is keeping his options — which now include an offer from Penn State — open.

Woodbridge (Va.) High cornerback Evrett Edwards has a plan in mind. While it involves the football field, it also involves the classroom.

The Class of 2013 prospect has verbally committed to Duke. But following his parents' lead, he is keeping his mind open. He received a verbal offer from Penn State last week.

“My parents have been preaching to me: options, options, options,” Edwards said. “They say that the more options you have, the better off you will be in life, so I'm researching all the schools I have offers from.”

Edwards received a call from head coach Bill O'Brien after Larry Johnson stopped to see him and a few other Woodbridge prospects previously. The junior said he knows a little about Penn State.

“I know they have a new coaching staff, and they're going to be great,” Edwards said. “I don't get caught up in the headlines because every place is going to have their problems. I look at schools for what they can do for me, and I want a 40-year school, not a four-year school.”

When asked to explain what he meant by 40-year school, Edwards showed his wisdom.

“I know football is eventually going to be over, so I want a school and education I can fall back on 40 years from now,” Edwards said. “Let's say I go to Canada or the middle of Montana. I want a school that has a strong alumni base and one that people are going to know about.

“Penn State is one of those schools,” he added. “They're a great academic school that is (at the) top in nearly every academic category you can think of, especially business, which is want I want to major in.”

As for his summer plans, Edwards said he is going to try to get to Penn State. He already has visits planned to Duke and Alabama, where he's been attending camp since he was a freshman in high school.

But by keeping his options over, Edwards has drawn Penn State's attention, especially O'Brien's.

“He told me when he offered me on the phone that I'm the type of kid they are looking for, a kid that has good grades and perform well on the field,” Edwards said. “I wasn't expecting an offer from them, but it was really exciting.”

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