Despite the frigid mornings as of late in the Dallas area, Sachse wide receiver Tyrique Edwards was up early to watch the Mustangs practice this week.
Attending the practice with teammates Marcus Hubbard and Hunter Swain, Edwards roamed the sidelines in Ford Stadium, making keen observations on how June Jones ran his practice.
"It was really constructive for me to visit the SMU practice." Edwards said, "It was very organized which I like, and the coaches really focused on the players fundamentals. It was pretty quick and fast paced, and the 1-on-1 drill got competitive at the end, which was good to see."
The 6-foot-, 185-pounder focused mainly on wide receivers coach Jason Phillips, to observe how he dealt with teaching the SMU wide outs.
"I liked Coach Phillips," he said. "He was laid back and after practice, I got to talk to him and he told me to keep doing what I am doing, and to keep my grades up because I am high on their recruiting board and one of their favorites."
Edwards also talked to defensive back turned receiver Kenneth Acker, and enjoyed hearing about how much the current players like playing for the coaching staff.
SMU is not the only team in contention for Edwards's services, as a wide range of schools have shown interest in the playmaker.
"Baylor, Tulsa, North Texas, Missouri and Iowa State have all be in contact," he said. "I plan on going to the Baylor junior day and might go to a few others."
When choosing a school, Edwards has a very specific type of university and mind, one that includes a mix of football and academics.
"The main thing is academics, because it helps further down the road, after football is over,"
he said. "Playing time is also a key because you don't want to be stuck not playing early on, and I want to go to a place where I can shine early."
For now, Edwards says he is focused on preparing for his final high school season, and knows a few areas of his game he wants to improve on after catching 48 passes for 705 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.
"Flexibility, getting in and out of cuts faster," he said. "You can always improve, and I want to be the total package at receiver."
Edwards Observes SMU Practice
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