Edwards Excited About UCLA Future

The Bruins' first defensive verbal, Bakersfield (Calif.) Ridgeview cornerback Shannon Edwards, said he hasn't wavered in his commitment and he's looking forward to UCLA...

Bakersfield (Calif.) Ridgeview cornerback Shannon Edwards was one of UCLA's earliest commits in the 2012 class, and the first on the defensive side of the ball.

Since his commitment in June, numerous schools have expressed interest in him, but the three-star hasn't wavered at all in his verbal to the Bruins.

"Even with all the stuff that was going on early with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel, I'm solid to UCLA," said Edwards. "I committed to the school and that's where I want to be."

Edwards says he talks regularly with the UCLA coaching staff, and has built a good rapport with defensive coordinator Jim Tresey.

"I talk with Coach Tresey a lot and he just checks in on me to see how the season is going and how I'm doing in school," said Edwards. "I'm looking forward to playing at UCLA."

Edwards is very much aware of the Bruins' depth issues at corner, especially by the time he gets there, with four juniors in the two-deep at corner.

"We'll see what happens when I get there if I redshirt, but I know there is a good chance to play early because they're going to be losing a lot of guys," said Edwards. "I'll be ready whenever they use me."

Edwards has been an anchor for the Ridgeview defense this year, helping them stay unbeaten. He's also contributed on offense, and has had to do more in the past couple of weeks since quarterback Tyler Ferguson broke his collarbone.

"We're still doing good as an offense and now teams are focusing more on stopping me, and trying to stop our run but we're still able to pass," said Edwards. "I love playing offense but I know defense is where I'll play. On defense, teams are trying to avoid me and they don't come to my side when they throw and they don't run my way."

Edwards said he's watched UCLA's defense more and more in the past couple of weeks, because another Central Valley product is making a big impact for the Bruins.

"Tevin McDonald is from the Valley and Tevin's been doing really good," said Edwards. "He had that big game against Cal so it's cool to see him. I've been watching all the DBs to see what they're doing."

Edwards said he plans to officially visit UCLA after his season is done.

"It might be in January when all the other commits visit," said Edwards.

Edwards and Ridgeview are 9-0 and will find out their first round playoff opponents this weekend.

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