Edwards on Hold

The #1-ranked quarterback prospect in the country, Trent Edwards, is trying to decided between Stanford and UCLA, and he said he's waiting to get all the information he needs before making his decision...

Trent Edwards, 6-3, 190, Los Gatos (Calif.) High, visited Stanford unofficially last weekend and said he thinks the Cardinal is "heading in the right direction" by hiring Buddy Teevens as its head coach.

"It went real well," Edwards said. "We had dinner with Coach. We went up there with my family for about an hour and a half. And then he came by for an in-home visit Sunday night. He said he wants to make Stanford the type of throwing team like Florida, make Stanford the Florida of the west coast. I'm confident he'll bring in a strong staff and I think he's heading in the right direction."

Edwards wouldn't go as far to say that Stanford is where he's leaning, citing the fact that Teevens hadn't hired the offensive coordinator yet. "When they hire him, and I meet him and like him, that will be important," he said.

UCLA has had in-home visits with Edwards, both Head Coach Bob Toledo and quarterbacks coach John Pearce visiting him before the holidays. They've also called him regularly, with Edwards having talked to Toledo about a week ago.

When will he decide? "Well, it depends on when Stanford hires their offensive coordinator," he said. "Maybe by later this month. Probably the end of this month. But I might wait until signing day if I'm not sure. I'm still trying to figure out everything. I want to make sure who Stanford picks as the offensive coordinator, that I connect with the guy, and know what he's trying to do, and then I'll go from there. I think I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do, but it's still a matter of evaluating their coaching staff."

Edwards said another big factor is whom UCLA and Stanford sign in their recruiting class. He said he wants to make sure whichever school he picks has talent around him, especially at wide receiver and offensive line. Edwards did say that a positive for UCLA was the fact that they got a commitment from offensive line prospect Elliot Vallejo. "I saw him play in his final and he was an animal. He was bigger than everyone else and dominating. No one could touch him." Edwards also cited Stanford getting a commitment from OL David Beall as significant.

Stanford has told Edwards that they plan on hiring the new offensive coordinator by next week.


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