UCLA Looks at Georgia Safety

Atlanta (GA.) Westlake safety prospect Mario Edwards has most of his recruiting interest coming from schools in the south, but a school in California is showing some interest in him and it's enough to possibly make him take an official visit out west...

"I just started hearing from UCLA recently," said Mario Edwards, the 6-2, 175-pound safety prospect from Atlanta (GA.) Westlake. "UCLA coach (Gary) DeLoach, the DB coach, called me and said that they like what they've seen and if they see a little more, they could offer me. If they do then I want to take a trip out there and see if I like it."

Edwards already holds scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Purdue, Baylor and Tulane, while Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland and the Bruins have been showing interest of late.

"My top five is Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Purdue, Baylor and Arkansas," said Edwards. "I was looking at Tulane but with the hurricane, I don't think I will end up there. If UCLA or Georgia Tech offered me, they could move into my top five."

Georgia Tech offers a chance to play in his hometown, something that he wouldn't mind doing, but for now, a different "Tech" -- Virginia Tech in this case -- leads.

"I'm taking my official trip there on November 5th when they play Miami," said Edwards. "They are my leader, but I don't think I would commit because I want to take all five trips."

So with the recent interest from UCLA, would Edwards seriously consider swapping coasts for school?

"You never know. I thought I wanted to stay in-state, but now I'm leaning towards leaving the state. UCLA always has a good team and to go to school in California, man. My family is fine with me leaving the state, in fact they want me to. I'll just have to see what my options are."

On the season, Edwards had 82 tackles, four sacks and a pair of interceptions during Westlake's 7-2 start.

He said he is all set to qualify academically.

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