Daingerfield Linebacker Picks Up A&M Offer

Every year, Daingerfield High School produces a crop of D-1 talent, and next season head coach Barry Bowman will have a handful of kids heading to some of the best programs in the country. Texas A&M is extremely interested in Bowman's linebacker, Steve Edmond. The 6'3''and 240 pound junior just received an offer from the Aggies after signing day. Websider's Taylor Hamm spoke to Bowman and Edmond.

Every year, Daingerfield High School produces a crop of D-1 talent, and next season head coach Barry Bowman will have a handful of kids heading to some of the best programs in the country. Texas A&M is extremely interested in Bowman's linebacker, Steve Edmond. The 6'3''and 240 pound junior just received an offer from the Aggies after signing day. Websider's Taylor Hamm spoke to Bowman and Edmond on Monday for a scouting report and Edmond's take on the Aggie's offer.

"He has long, long arms, and can run well," said Bowman. "He is a 4.7 guy right now in the 40. He had 182 tackles last year and 35 tackles for a loss. He scored 3 defensive touchdowns, 2 interceptions for returns, and 1 fumble for a return. He is also a kid with very good ball skills and knows how to work his body. He played receiver in 7th, 8th, and 9th grade and has great hands. Since he played a skill position and going through all of that as a kid, he knows how to avoid blocks if he has to avoid them, and of course he has the size to play off of blocks. He is just a good athlete as well as great kid."

Daingerfield is a small town where life revolves around football. Coach Bowman stresses that Edmond is a shy kid that doesn't care much for the spotlight.

"He doesn't care about the limelight or the starry-eyed programs, even though he might end up at one, at the same time that's not who he is. Whoever gets him better have a fishing pole and a place to go hunting. That is just the kind of kid he is. He is an even-keeled, never too up, never too down type of player. Steven wants to live life, enjoy the fun things life has to offer, and he is a pretty good football player, too."

Edmond will be one of the best linebacker's in the state of Texas in 2011 and he is garnering interest from programs all over the country. Edmond currently has offers from Baylor, Houston, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.

"He has been to Houston, TCU, and Arkansas," said Bowman. "He is going to Austin this weekend, with Oklahoma State the following weekend and Oklahoma soon after that. He has been invited to Purdue and this morning he was invited to Auburn. Missouri is on him as well."

Coach Bowman has a specific way he handles recruiting with his kids. It's a simple formula in his mind.

"The way we try to do things here at Daingerfield is we tell our kids that if they get invited to a campus, they need to get their butt in a vehicle and get up there. Whatever you think you know about that university because you saw something on TV or you saw some game—wipe that out of your mind, get in the car and go. Be open-minded and open-hearted. Go and listen to what everyone has to say before you make a judgment about a school. I think Steve is doing that. That is why he has already made 3 or 4 trips and that is why he will continue to make trips until he feels comfortable. He is going to weigh in everything. I will say that he doesn't care how far away from home he plays as long as he is comfortable and it feels like home. He needs that small town feel in his day-to-day living."

Texas A&M has a junior day coming up on the 28th of February. Will Edmond be there?

"If I don't send at least 3 or 4 of my guys down there, Coach Jordan will have my behind," said Bowman. "Steve and a handful of my kids will be there on the 28th."

So how does the East Texas product feel about A&M?

"I'm excited about the offer," said Edmond. "I want to take all of my visits before I make a decision. I don't know much about A&M, but my coach has told me a lot of good things about their program and I want to come down for their junior day."

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