DE Edwards among 2012 elite

Denton (TX) Ryan defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. could be one of the best defensive prospects of the 2012 recruiting class. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman recently changed high schools and discussed his upcoming junior season along with his recruitment. Read the update below for the inside scoop!

Denton (TX) Ryan defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. could be one of the best defensive prospects of the 2012 recruiting class. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman is a physical specimen and is already getting serious attention from heavy-hitters across the country.

"I've been hearing from a lot of schools. It's been Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Tulsa, Kansas, Texas Tech, Michigan, Missouri, Houston and Vanderbilt so far," said Edwards.

Out of that laundry list of programs expressing interest in the Denton stud, there is a handful that he feels may be close to pulling the trigger once September rolls around.

"I think that Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State and Florida State are all pretty close to offering. I've talked to their coaching staff and they said they are real interested, but that they cannot send written offers until September 1."

Some people believe that Florida State might have an edge over the rest due to the fact that Edwards' father (Mario Edwards Sr.) played there and was a standout defensive back for the Seminoles in the 90's. Despite his father's legacy, Edwards says that he still plans on looking at all schools to find the best fit for him.

"The Seminoles have somewhat of an advantage in my recruitment, but my dad always says that it's my decision and for me to go somewhere where I can get coached up and graduate."

Edwards will play his first season for Ryan HS this fall. He recently transferred from Prosper HS after his father accepted a position to coach the defensive backs.

"I was going to go wherever my dad got a coaching opportunity and we ended up at Ryan. He's coaching the defensive backs. I think it's cool, but it also makes me want to work harder and prove myself because I'm the coaches son and stuff."

Edwards has noticed a difference in the way his new teammates do things since being at Ryan. He commented on their high work-rate and work ethic.

This summer Edwards has been focusing on improving certain aspects of his game so that he can hopefully build on his breakout sophomore performance.

"I've been working on trying to keep offensive lineman's hands off of me, because if they can't get their hands on me then they can't block me. I've also been working on exploding off of the ball and reading the offensive lineman better."

This season Edwards has set some lofty goals for himself as well as his teammates.

"We have been talking about trying to get to state. We're taking it one game at a time but that's where we expect to be at the end of the year. Also, I want to be the number one projected defensive end in the nation. I also want to get 80-100 tackles and at least 10 sacks.

There is also a chance that the coaches could use Edwards on the offensive side of the ball. Last season he registered 361 receiving and three touchdowns playing receiver and tight end at Prosper.

Edwards finished his sophomore season with 69 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery. Ryan HS opens their season on August 27 when they take on Sulphur Springs.

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