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Vanderbilt Became Perfect Fit for Carolina Def. End

Orange (Nc) defensive end Stone Edwards might jumped late onto the recruiting scene but could be the biggest steal of the Commodores 2017 recruiting class. The 3-star prospect recently committed to the Dores and talks about why he decided on Vanderbilt and how excited he is to play in the Southeastern Conference.

Vanderbilt is probably ecstatic about the fact that Edwards flew under the radar and kept himself out of the camp scene last summer because they might have landed themselves a future pass rusher who has SEC bloodlines. 

The 6'5 223 lb defensive end began hearing from Vanderbilt back in November of 2016 and things quickly moved from there. Edwards immediately became a top target for the Dores and this past weekend, the Carolina defender took the opportunity at playing in the SEC and competing in the classroom and on the football field for Vanderbilt University. 

"I was excited to be at Vanderbilt for my visit and I already had a good idea of what I was going to do. Committing to Vanderbilt was already on my mind, so after meeting the coaches, the players and having the chance to see the city, I knew I wanted to be a Commodore. Vanderbilt offers me the chance to play at a high level in football but also earn a great education. I am excited about my decision and I can't wait to get there," said Edwards.

One of the biggest reasons for Edwards decision to commit was because of his growing relationship with Commodores D-line coach C.J. Ah You and the way he wants to use him along the defensive line. 

"Coach Ah You is my main recruiter and we have built a good relationship with each other. We have talked multiple times about me being at Vanderbilt and I really like the way they are wanting to use me on defense. Both Coach Ah You and head coach Derek Mason want to use me in multiple ways. They said I could play the end in the 3-4 line, stand up and rush the passer or even slide inside and become a pass rushing tackle. All of it sounds great to me. I am a team player, so whatever I need to do to be successful or help the team, I'm willing to do it."

Recruiting for Edwards might have taken longer to get started but the end result is exactly what he wanted. 

The 3-star recruit choose the Commodores over offers from Marshall, Miami OH, Toledo and few others. He immediately knew where he wanted be before he traveled west for his visit but the moment he set foot on campus, he knew he was home. 

"Vanderbilt showed me a great time and really treated me and my family well," he said. "The moment I got on campus I was immediately shown love by everyone involved and you could tell how wanted I was. Nashville is a great city that offers a lot of possibilities and I had no idea how close Vanderbilt's campus was to the downtown area. Everything you need is really right there."

"I also just simply felt comfortable being on campus. The coaching staff and players really made me feel wanted and it was hard not thinking that I was already a part of the team. The campus is very nice and the facilities are awesome. Vanderbilt really felt like the perfect fit for me and I don't think I could of made a better choice."

The Edwards family is already familiar with being in the Southeastern Conference. His older brother is Kalimba Edwards, who is former South Carolina Gamecock and Detroit Lion and someone Stone owes a lot too in his progression as a player. 

"My junior year didn't go the way I wanted because i got injured early on and couldn't really make it back to the field. I also decided to not attend many camps in the offseason but what I do think helped me a lot was the personal time I got to spend with my brother. He really helped me a lot teaching more about the game and showing me how to be a pass rusher. He really lit something in me to get better. I know I still have a long ways to go before I reach my maximum abilities but I feel my brother really helped me get along faster as player and prepare me better for football in the SEC," Edwards said. 

His talents will indeed be seen in the SEC because Edwards has now shut down his recruitment as he is completely locked down with the Commodores. 

"It doesn't matter if anyone else tries to recruit me, offers me or makes contact. I am 100% committed to Vanderbilt as I am set on spending my college life in Nashville and in black and gold."

Edwards became the Commodores 15th commitment of the 2017 class and is set to sign with Vanderbilt come National Signing Day.

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