Spotlight 2013: RB Augustus Edwards

Tottenville (Staten Island, N.Y.) running back Augustus Edwards has started picking up verbal offers as he prepares for his senior year. Edwards knows Rutgers coach Kyle Flood from his time as a recruiter before taking over the program and spoke about his thoughts on the Scarlet Knights.

Tottenville (Staten Island, N.Y.) running back Augustus Edwards was one of many top 2013 recruits invited to Rutgers last weekend for the school's basketball game against No. 2 Syracuse.

Edwards declined the invitation because of a previous family commitment, he said, but remains high on the Scarlet Knights.

"I've really liked it from when I visited for a game last year," Edwards said. "I think the campus is very beautiful. And the crowd at the games, that was great. I really liked the whole place when I went."

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back named Rutgers as one of the five schools standing out to him. The other four, Syracuse, Connecticut, Temple and Vanderbilt, have all verbally offered him a scholarship.

Louisville, Indiana and UCF are also showing interest, said Edwards, who is being recruited solely as a running back.

"I like that it's working out for me so far," Edwards said. "It's my hard work paying off and coaches are starting to notice it. I know if I want to be a college running back, I have to keep on working hard."

Edwards said he will visit Rutgers sometime this spring after missing his chance last week to meet the new staff.

"Coach Kyle Flood talked to me before and he still does now," Edwards said. "He messages me to see what's going on once in a while. I speak a lot to (recruiting coordinator) Tariq Ahmad. He's the one who invited me out to a basketball game, but I couldn't go."

While visiting Rutgers last season, Edwards became friends with freshman Al Page. He also knows sixth-year senior Edmond Laryea, who attended his high school.

"I know both of them," Edwards said. "They are both cool guys. They're just telling me about what Rutgers is like and why they went there and stuff."

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