Denton Ryan 5-star defensive end Mario Edwards never set a timetable on his recruitment, but I don't think he even expected this.
The 2012 recruit, who led his team to a State Title appearance while racking up 127 tackles, 50 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns, committed to Florida State on Tuesday, after visiting Tallahassee on an unofficial visit.
"It was never a goal to commit early, but it feels good," said Edwards to Scout.com. "I can now focus on school, my senior year, and getting ready for the next level.
"They made me feel like it was home. Sitting there with Coach Elliot, Coach Stoops, and Jimbo, they just gave me a feel for the place. They cared about me as a student athlete and they showed me exactly what my role at Florida State is going to be. After that, it made me feel like t is the place for me and I'm going to fit in there.
After finishing with the top ranked class in the Scout.com 2011 team rankings, Florida State is on their way again, already with seven commitments by the middle of March.
"They are on their way back, after having one of the best recruiting classes in the country last year. So hopefully we can get another good recruiting class for the 2012 class and start to do some great things there," said Edwards. "It's been pretty crazy for me since committing. I have had lots of people telling me congrats."
Edwards will follow in his father's footsteps by putting on the Seminole jersey. The former Dallas Cowboy defensive back starred in the secondary for Florida State in the 90s.
"He was really excited," said Mario Jr. "He stayed out, wanting me to make my own decision. He never told me where I should go, but reminded me that I was going to be there for four years. So I need to pick a place where I want to be."