Matt Visinsky

2018 shooting guard grabs SMU offer

Demo talked with 2018 Arlington (Tex.) Bowie guard Kyler Edwards about his SMU offer and recruitment.

It’s becoming a regular occurrence for Kyler Edwards.

The 2018 Arlington Bowie Shooting guard now has 13 offers after picking up yet another from SMU last week.

The 6-4, 195 pound guard has drawn the attention of several DI programs and has received offers from schools like Boise State, New Mexico, North Texas, Oklahoma State, USC, Baylor, Creighton, Kansas State, TCU, UCLA, and now SMU.

Edwards was surprised last Thursday when he saw a familiar at Bowie’s practice, SMU assistant coach Shawn Forrest.

“We always talk about basketball and playing one-on-one,” Edwards said. “He says he can beat me, but I don’t know. I didn’t know he went to SMU until he showed up at my school today. And that’s when he offered me.”

Edwards still gets excited when he picks up a new offer, but he doesn’t forget the feeling he got when Boise State was the first program to offer him last spring.

“It made me want to do everything 100 percent better and work hard every day.” He said. “I was super excited. I want to finish the next couple seasons really well.”

Edwards also has a relationship with former SMU Mustang, London “Cotton” Giles, who is his trainer.  

“I like the program a lot,” Edwards said. “Cotton went to SMU and [what he tells me about it] plays a big part into it too.”

Giles was at SMU from 2010 to 2013. He made 27 starts in the 2011-12 season and averaged 10 points a game, but was in a smaller role as a senior in the 2012-13 season and was hampered by injuries.   

Edwards still has some time to make some visits before the high school basketball season gets started and he has some trips already lined up.  

“Next weekend I’ll go to Oklahoma and the week after that I’m going to Kansas State.” He said. “I already visited Texas A&M and I think I’ll have to take some more after the Kansas State visit.”

As far as his thought process when looking at offers and trying to decide where to go, he is a lot like many other athletes—just looking for the best fit. 

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