Aggies After Red Raider Pledge

Derek Edwards pledged his verbal commitment to Texas Tech back in March, but the Aggies have their sights on landing the 6-foot-1, 170 pounder in 2011. Wednesday the A&M coaches decided to move on the Brenham speedster who caught 58 passes for 814 yards and 10 touchdowns his sophomore year.

Brenham High School has produced some speedy receivers over the past few years. Last year, Coach West sent Terrell Reese to Utah and next year West is looking to send his next stud wide-out to a perennial powerhouse in the Big 12. Derek Edwards pledged his verbal commitment to Texas Tech back in March, but the Aggies have their sights on landing the 6-foot-1, 170 pounder in 2011. Wednesday the A&M coaches decided to move on the Brenham speedster who caught 58 passes for 814 yards and 10 touchdowns his sophomore year.

"I knew I was going to get an offer from A&M it was just at matter of when," Edwards stated. "Coach Kragthorpe came down to watch me practice and told me to call him later, so I did. He told me I had a scholarship coming to me in the mail."

"It tells me that just because I am committed [to Texas Tech] it doesn't mean colleges are not going to come after me. As more colleges come after me, my mindset is going to change. Right now it's still Texas Tech, but anything can happen."

Some prospects don't like to be recruited once they pledge their commitment to a college. It's apparent that Derek is open to hearing from other universities, especially his area recruiter from A&M. The Brenham Cub had some kind words about Steve Kragthorpe and his approach to recruiting the Red Raider commit.

"Very respectful, right off the bat he didn't try to push me into doing anything," said Edwards. "If I didn't want to be recruited he told me he would back off. He had a lot of class. As a coach, I haven't gotten to know him that well, but I do look forward to finding out that aspect about him."

"I talked to Coach West about him [Kragthorpe] and A&M. He told me great things about their program. It's totally my decision, I talked to my parents and they said its ok. It's fine for coach Kragthorpe to keep recruiting me. In fact, I hope he does."

The sub 4.3 play maker is also a track and field standout for the Cubs. He advanced to the state finals in both the triple jump and high jump. A&M's track program is one the best in the nation and the opportunity to play both sports in college could play a big factor in Derek's decision down the road.

"Right now, I am looking at when I'll get the chance to play, good academics, and a place where I feel comfortable. I want to run track in college as well—that's really important to me. I'm also looking for a school that can send me to the NFL and if the school is going to win a championship or go to bowls games."

"If I can go to a school that I know will win their conference every year or at least contend every year, that would make a big difference. If a school throws the ball a lot and gets me looked at by NFL scouts, that's kind of what I'm into right now. It all changes from time to time. Teenagers like me are always changing their minds about something. It's just whatever the moment is. I could be high on one school one week and low on it the next. So, I'm going to see how it all plays out."

Edwards admits he grew up fans of both Texas Tech and Texas A&M.

"I always liked Tech and A&M growing up. I played soccer when I was little and all the soccer boys were pro A&M. As I grew up, I got familiar with both colleges and Tech started to grow on me when Mike Leach got there. It all changes but I was an Aggies/Red Raiders fan growing up."

Derek has plans to visit College Station at some point this summer as well as Eugene, Oregon.

"I haven't set a date yet but I will make it down there [College Station] at some point this summer. I really want to meet Coach Sherman because I have heard so many great things about him. I'll be on the Oregon campus twice this summer. My dad has a workshop up there and my brother has a track meet. My brother runs track for Sam Houston State."

Derek's latest scholarship from A&M brings him up to 12 total offers including Utah, TCU, Oregon, Baylor, Houston, Texas Tech, Arizona, Arkansas, Louisville, SMU, and Oklahoma State

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