5-star DE trying to stay level headed

Mario Edwards knows the possibility is there. He could be the No. 1 player in the country for the 2012 recruiting class when it's all said and done. How is he responding to the challenge? He talks with LonghornDigest.com.

Scout.com 5-star 2012 defensive end Mario Edwards was rumored to be heading to the Cotton Bowl this weekend to check out Oklahoma and Texas. He wasn't able to make it, but expect him to visit the schools along the way.

"I would say Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida, and even though Texas has been losing, Texas are my favorite schools," said Edwards to LonghornDigest.com. "Their defense is still one of the best in the country and they have never stopped fighting in games. They always play to the end, that is important. It has caught my eye."

When the Scout.com 2012 early rankings were released in early September, Edwards found himself as one the most highly rated players in the Midlands.

"It's definitely overwhelming. When I think about it, I know that I have potential to be the No. 1 player in the nation. It's sort of overwhelming to think about. I'm continuing to try to work hard and be level headed. To not get a head of myself," said Edwards. "It was always a goal to be one of the best players in the country, but seemed far fetched when I first started to play. It was always one of my goals though. I have always continued to work hard and it's paying off."

The Denton Ryan star has been a huge factor in the Raiders 5-0 start. He's registered 45 tackles, five for loss, and 11 sacks, helping Ryan obtain a Top Five ranking in class 5A.

"I feel like I'm a lot stronger this year, but honestly I think it's more about me reading the offenses better. I just feel that I'm around the ball a lot more now," said Edwards.

So what does he think of Ryan's 5-0 start?

"We have been working hard. We pride ourselves on how hard we work, but we are not satisfied yet," said Edwards. "Our biggest goal is we are trying to take it one game at a time, but I know that we also want to play in Texas stadium this year.

"We just want to make sure we are playing like we can all the time. Also, I want to see us swarm to the ball a little better. It's all about consistency for us right now."

The junior says he plans to visit the Texas A&M/Arkansas game this weekend.

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