Illinois tight end impressed with Vanderbilt

During the James Franklin era, Vanderbilt enjoyed plenty of recruiting success in the state of Illinois. David Edwards, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound tight end prospect out of Downers Grove North High School in the Chicago area, was offered by Franklin last summer and is anxiously to hear from the new coaches at Vanderbilt.

"I went down to summer camp and talked with Coach Franklin and Coach Rahne," Edwards told "It was a one-day camp I had been invited to. I play quarterback at my high school but colleges are looking at me to play tight end and that was the case with the Vandy coaches as well. They asked me to call them in a week and when I did, I received their offer. They told how excited they were about me and thought I'd be a great fit in their system.

"I really like Vanderbilt. The academics there are unbelievable. They have such a cool campus, right in the middle of the city of Nashville. When I went on the tour I loved seeing all of the university's great history. I haven't heard from Coach Mason yet, but I'm really hoping to hear from them because I think very highly of Vanderbilt and their program."

Edwards has five other offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Syracuse, and Wisconsin. All the schools recruiting him like him at tight end even though he has held the starting quarterback position at Downers Grove North since his sophomore season.

"I think my toughness is my biggest asset," explained Edwards. "I also have a good understanding of the game, a good football I.Q., and know what every player on the field is supposed to be doing. I think schools like me at tight end for those reasons and for my size and athleticism to be able to make plays and breakdown my opponents.

"I'm going to wait and see which schools offer me specifically. Right now, I'm in pretty good contact with Michigan. I'd say that's the only other school I'm really tight with that hasn't offered me. I'm hoping to be ready to make a decision by the summer.

"First, I want to go to a school with great academics. Second, I want the coaches to have the same amount of interest in me as I have in them. It feels good to know that you're wanted. The third thing is getting to know some of the players on a personal level. I'm going to be there for four years so the relationship I have with the players and the coaches is huge."

Edwards has made a full recovery from a bruised thigh injury which kept him out half of the 2013 season. He's says he's 100-percent and ready for a big senior year for the Trojans. His father, also named David Edwards, played for Indiana University and his cousin, Garrett Edwards, played safety at the University of Illinois. Top Stories