Edwards Being Courted

Brenham wide receiver Derek Edwards has become a hot commodity since committing to the Red Raiders back in March. Schools like Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Auburn, and Texas A&M have come on strong as of late and are making a serious push for the 6-foot-2, 168 pounder. Websider's Taylor Hamm has the latest on Edwards.

Brenham wide receiver Derek Edwards has become a hot commodity since committing to the Red Raiders back in March. Schools like Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Auburn, and Texas A&M have come on strong as of late and are making a serious push for the 6-foot-2, 168 pounder.

"A lot of schools are coming after me hard, even schools that haven't even offered me yet," said the scout.com 3-star prospect. "I would say A&M and Arkansas the most."

Edwards, who caught 58 passes for 814 yards and 10 touchdowns his sophomore year, is still open to being recruited by other programs.

"I'm still committed to Texas Tech, but I really want to see what offers come my way this season before totally committing to one school."

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. The Ags are trying to use their track program's success to lure Edwards away from Tech.

"I'm 100% Tech right now, but I'm open minded," said Edwards. "It's not really the football program that has me thinking about A&M, it's their track program. They have been national champions the past two years and they [A&M] have been talking to me about playing football and running track. In the end I'm going to make the best choice for me, but I'm listening to what A&M has to offer."

If there was one school that could sway Derek away from Lubbock it could be a Pac-10 power house.

"USC is the one school that could pull me away from Tech immediately. I really want an offer from them," said Edwards.

"Out of the schools I have offers from, I would say Arkansas and Oklahoma State are the biggest threats right now."

Why not A&M?

"I don't know much about their football program, but they do have a good track program. I need to do my part and look more into A&M and see what they have to offer."

Derek is going to be paying close attention to a number of programs in 2010 to see how prolific their offenses look.

"Every school that is recruiting me passes the ball. Some more than others but I want to take a hard look at a few schools next season and see how they use their receivers."

Derek has concerns about some of the schools courting him.

"I guess it's just the location with A&M. I know they have a young team but I really don't have that many concerns with A&M."

"With Arkansas, it would be that it's to far away from home but so is Lubbock. It's just a few little things."

"Some of the main things I'm weighing out is: one, what do my parents think about the school? They have a lot of influence on me. Two, I don't really want anything close to home but too far away. Three, would have to be the environment. I want to feel comfortable wherever I go."

As of now, Derek's parents feel very comfortable with his decision to be a Red Raider.

"My dad was like 'do it'," in regards to his early commitment to Tech. "My mom and my brother were kind of skeptical at first because I committed so early. My dad was all for it because he said that I had very good reasons for doing it and said to go ahead and pull the trigger so I did. He still wants me to take all of my visits. He also told me that if I get anything bigger than Texas Tech that I should give them a look and see if that place will be better for me."

Derek has tentative plans for the fall.

"A&M, OSU, Arkansas, and Texas Tech are the schools that I plan on taking my officials," said Edwards. "That could change though."


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