At first glance, Steve Edmond doesn't appear to be one of those players. A five-star linebacker and Scout.com's No. 2 middle linebacker in the class of 2011, Edmond enters practice as one of the most highly touted players in the game. But yet Edmond said Monday that there was plenty of room for a chip on his shoulder.
"Some people think I'm overrated because I play (Texas Class) 2A," said Edmond, a Daingerfield product. "I want to have fun, but I also want to go out and prove I can play with the best."
Edmond admitted he didn't have as much fun as he thought he would Monday, conceding that practices for the all-star game were more intense than he thought they would be.
"It was a serious practice," Edmond said. "It wasn't fun like I thought it was going to be."
But Edmond said it was nice to be flanked by future Longhorn teammate and Army game roommate Kendall Thompson, who often played on the outside next to Edmond.
"I can't sleep when he's around," Edmond said. "(Thompson) snores way too much.
"We are really alike," Edmond said. "We dress alike, act alike and do pretty much everything alike."
They are different with regard to their position — Thompson will play both inside and out, while Edmond is staying put in the middle this week — and disposition. While Thompson admitted that he has been out trying to recruit linebacker Colt Lyerla, one of the top linebackers in the class, Edmond conceded that he doesn't spend time with anyone socially.
"I just go to my room," Edmond said.
That meshes with the way Edmond handled recruiting. When Texas's staff changes came, Edmond said he never knew which schools were interested in getting him switch away from his Longhorn commitment. He just didn't answer the phone.
And so Edmond remains a Texas commitment. But his time on the 40 Acres will come in the future. Before that comes, he said he'll try to make a believer of a few more people.
"I'm just ready to play Saturday, that's all," Edmond said.