Edwards Impressed By Rutgers

Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional linebacker R.J. Edwards took a Saturday trip to Rutgers with two teammates, and left with a lot more information about the program. Edwards has a second visit to Rutgers in his sights with the hopes of earning an offer.

Rutgers showed Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional linebacker R.J. Edwards a good time Saturday with coaches and his teammates, but it was a conversation with Freshman All-American Steve Longa that stood out.

Longa, who is the first Rutgers middle linebacker to exceed 100 tackles since Gary Brackett, gave Edwards an inside look at life on the Scarlet Knights defense.

"I got to meet Longa and he was a cool guy," Edwards said. "I got to hear what Rutgers is like from a person like me. He's someone just like me that went through the recruiting process, and they picked Rutgers. He told me about why he picked Rutgers."

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound 2015 prospect is being recruited to play outside linebacker for Rutgers. He visited alongside teammates Joe Giles-Harris and Tommy Hatton.

"At this point, I really don't care where I play," he said. "Whatever gets me on the field is what I like. I like hitting. I just love the game of football. They said they like me at linebacker because I'm aggressive. They like that I'm a hard hitter."

Edwards did not receive a Rutgers offer, but left with an invitation to return soon.

"We talked about it some," he said. "They said they loved my film and the way I crack back people. They said they wanted to get me out to a spring practice or another junior day. I talked to one of their coaches right after I left, and I made sure to let him know that I liked it a lot.

"… It was a good feeling. I really like the program and the way it's heading. I like the direction it's heading. I think coach [Kyle] Flood has things going in the right direction and heading to the Big Ten next year."

Edwards took visits to both ECU and William & Mary following his team's state title run in December.

"I liked ECU a lot too," he said. "It's a lot warmer down there. I think it was about 70 when I was down there. I was loving the weather. I like the campus too, and the coaches showed me a lot of love down there."

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