Purdue Still Edwards' Leader; UT In Contention

Cincinnati Woodard defensive end prospect Raymond Edwards (6-6, 235, 4.6) enjoyed his official visit to Tennessee over the weekend, but the Vols didn't overtake Purdue as his leader.

"I had a great time and a nice visit," he said. "It was an all around good time there. I took a visit of the facilities, learned about things academics wise and met with the players and coaches."

Edwards, who plans to major in education, was hosted by Tennessee sophomore defensive end Karlton Neal.

Playing middle linebacker this season for Woodard High School, Edwards recorded 105 tackles, 11 sacks and five knockdowns. He could play outside linebacker at the next level in some defensive schemes, but more likely projects as a defensive end given his height and frame.

Prior to Tennessee, Edwards visited Boston College. He plans to take a visit to South Carolina, but has yet to agree on a date. He's currently playing basketball and averaged 14 points and 14 rebounds a game as a junior. He has several mid-major scholarship offers in basketball in addition to numerous football offers.

"I would rate my visit to Tennessee about an eight," he said. "Purdue is my leader, but Tennessee is a school I'm still considering. I think there is an opportunity for me to play there."

Edwards is ranked No. 36 among the nation's defensive ends prospects by The Insiders and is considered a player with excellent upside.

Defensive end remains a priority for the Vols, who have junior college prospects Doug Langenfeld high on their board. High School prospects such as Vince Redd are top 20 defensive ends the Vols continue to pursue. UT has a verbal commitment from No. 25 Jared Hostetter (6-5, 275, 4.75) of Lawrence County High School in Louisa, Ky.

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