Jewhan Edwards Recruitment Heating Up

Syracuse has been eyeballing Philadelphia Roman Catholic defensive tackle Jewhan Edwards since his sophomore year, but Edwards has become a hot commodity of late, racking up scholarship offers from other suitors. So where does his recruitment stand?

Edwards said he has offers from Syracuse, West Virginia, Minnesota, Penn State, Michigan State and Rutgers, along with interest from other schools such as Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State and Virginia, the latter of which he recently visited. So who are his favorites?

"West Virginia, Minnesota and Syracuse," said Edwards, a 6-foot-2, 305-pound hole-plugger. "I just talked to [Syracuse] today."

Edwards is a late bloomer, having started playing football until his sophomore year. He plays both sides of the line, but is being recruited by all of the schools on his list solely as a defensive tackle. But he boasts a 405-pound bench press and a mean streak on the field. He's not much for bragging about his statistics, though.

"I had a ton of tackles and a few sacks," he said, unsure what the actual numbers are.

His strengths, he said, are "I can squeeze through the gaps, my strength, things like that."

Former SU assistant Tim Cross, now the defensive line coach at Minnesota, is recruiting him for the Gophers. Syracuse, meanwhile, was the first school to offer Edwards a scholarship, back in February, and the Cuse remains a program of interest for him.

"I'll probably get up there sometime soon [for a visit]," he said, adding the SU is only about 4 hours from his home. "I like the defense they run and where the school is."

His first priority is finding a school and program where he likes the people around him and feels at home.

"I want to make sure I get along with everybody and see how the coaches are," he said.

He had thought he might commit early but now plans to take his time. He said he's "going to wait because I‘ve been getting a lot of offers. It all depends on what happens" this summer.

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