DeaconSports Interview: Johnny Edwards

On February 5th, cornerback Johnny Edwards signed a national letter-of-intent to play football at Wake Forest University. This week, Jason Grimes, 94Deac, spoke with Edwards about his decision to attend WFU.

Jason Grimes: How influential was Coach Grobe (and/or McCartney) in convincing you that Wake was the place to sign?
Johnny Edwards: Coach Grobe was very important in my decision. The situation with his contract was important and I really enjoyed him visiting me at my home. Coach Henry was also very friendly- he visited me at home too and he has the experience to take his players to the next level.

Jason Grimes: Were you concerned about Coach Grobe being mentioned for other head coaching jobs during recruiting?
Johnny Edwards:Very concerned. My decision depended on that.

Jason Grimes: What position have you been specifically recruited to play?
Johnny Edwards: Cornerback, but I played some receiver and running back in high school, so I'm flexible.

Jason Grimes: How do you feel about this recruiting class, which is one of the best we've ever had?
Johnny Edwards: I feel really great about this class. We have lots of talent and are expecting big things.

Jason Grimes: What kind of "big things?"
Johnny Edwards: ACC Championships, the Orange Bowl- there's no reason we can't do it.

Jason Grimes: Wake ranked 86th in the nation (out of 117) in passing defense- giving up 237 YPG and 80th in overall defense surrendering almost 400 YPG. Obviously the secondary is a big concern for Wake. How do you see yourself fitting into greater pressure to stop the pass?
Johnny Edwards: It's going to be a big challenge. I love the challenge and can't wait to rise to it. I want to get to Wake ASAP- I'd love to get there now- so I can work on my techniques with the coaching staff.

Jason Grimes: With your speed, have you run corner blitzes at Starr's Mill HS? How would you feel about having a greater role in blitzing schemes at Wake?
Johnny Edwards: We don't run corner blitzes at Starr's Mill but I would love to be involved in that at the next level. My 40 is a 4.4.

Jason Grimes: What defensive schemes have you used at Starr's Mill HS and will adjusting to Wake's be a challenge?
Johnny Edwards: We run a "G" package at Starr's Mill so I love man-to-man and zone, like cover-2. But I will do whatever is asked of me and am looking forward to being in a fast secondary.

Jason Grimes: Will you be at Wake for summer school?
Johnny Edwards: Yes, I am planning to be there for the second summer session.

Jason Grimes: What do you want your legacy to be at Wake? What do you want to be remembered for, taking into account both academics and athletics?
Johnny Edwards: That I'm a cool, down-to-earth guy who is very approachable and friendly. I also want to be ACC All-Academic as well as an All-American on the field.

Jason Grimes: How do you feel about UNC?
Johnny Edwards: They're not too high on my list right now. They offered me a scholarship and just when I was about to go on my official visit, they called to say they were recruiting two other corners and that I wouldn't have a spot. My mother is a doctor and she closed her office so we could visit UNC. Then they say "no thanks?" Needless to say, my parents gave them a piece of their mind. So we don't like Carolina too much…

Jason Grimes: What finally sold you on Wake Forest?
Johnny Edwards: The small, family atmosphere and the academics and athletic traditions. I like the fact that all the athletes associate with each other and support the other sports. It's just a great school and I'm really excited that I'll be there.

Special thanks to Jason Grimes (left) and Johnny Edwards (right) for the interview

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