Moving Closer

Jewhan Edwards made a visit to his favorite school recently. How did the visit impact his thoughts on the recruiting process?

"The visit to West Virginia did bring me closer to committing, but I didn't do it yet," said Edwards, who is also considering several other schools. "West Virginia is still my leader, but I am going to take a couple more visits before I decide."

Among the schools still on the big lineman's list are Penn State and Syracuse, which he hopes to check out before the start of the season. The Nittany Lions, who have also offered, are likely West Virginia's main competition as the race for Edwards comes down to the wire. However, Penn State will likely have to make up some ground, as Edwards' visit to the Mountaineer campus yielded nothing but positives.

"I went around and saw a lot of the campus. I watched some of the players working out, watched some highlight tapes, and did a lot of looking around," said Edwards, who was making his first trip to West Virginia. "The visit did move me closer to committing."

Edwards made the trip with his good friend Chris Palmer, who has already committed to WVU. Palmer, who has anticipated playing on the same defensive line with Edwards in college, hasn't been overbearing in his push to have Edwards join him at WVU, but it's clear the pair believes they would form a good partnership on the defensive front.

"We each do things well that complement the other," Edwards agreed. "There are a lot of things that we do well together. We have talked about some of the school [recruiting us], but it didn't surprise me when he committed. I knew how much he liked West Virginia."

With the visit moving Edwards another step along in the recruiting process, decision day is fast approaching.

"There are a couple of other schools in there," Edwards said, "but I want to decide before [my senior season] starts. West Virginia is still my leader, with Penn State in there. [West Virginia] is on TV all the time, and they are nationally ranked. I like Coach Kirelawich, too. He is straight up. I am cool with him."


Edwards, who currently checks in at six feet, two inches and 325 pounds, is reserved in interviews, and certainly a man of few words. His play on the field, however, speaks volumes. While he only has limited experience on the field (having played just a couple years of high school football), he is well suited for the nose tackle position in college, and could thrive in any odd front formation.

"I like that they run a 3-3-5 because I like to be alone in the middle controlling things," Edwards told earlier this year. "They said I have what they need to anchor the defensive line and had just seen my film that day, so they wanted to offer."

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