It has become clear that four star Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst wide receiver A.J. Taylor is the top wide receiver recruiting board. After Taylor, wide receiver recruiting is a little bit of a mystery for Wisconsin.
One option could be three star Chelsea (MI) wide receiver Bailey Edwards, who tried to impress first year wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore and the rest of the coaching staff Sunday during Wisconsin’s high school football camp.
“I think I did really well,” Edwards said. ”I got a lot of reps in, which was important because I wanted to show what I could do in front of the coaches. I thought I caught a lot of footballs and caught them well. I also was able to run the route tree at the camp.”
One of the goals for the 6-2, 177-pound wide receiver was to show Gilmore what he saw on film that he was the same football player on the field when they saw him play live.
“I wanted to show that I’m just as fast as a person as they saw in film and that I have improved over the last year, and that I can catch the football well with my hands,” Edwards said. “Again I feel like I accomplished that at the camp.”
Rated a three-star prospect and the No.62 receiver in the county by Scout.com, Edwards describes his game as a deep threat and with size that allows him to be physical and get the football while it is in the air. Edwards feels the description of his game fits well with what Gilmore was discussing to the wide receiver positional group.
“He was pretty much saying get off the line at full speed and being physical at the line with the defensive back to try and create that separation,” Edwards said. “I think that is one of my strongest areas because of my height and I felt like I was able to show it.”
Although he felt he put his best foot forward in front of Gilmore, Edwards said he won’t get a clear idea of where he stands on Wisconsin’s recruiting board until the staff sits down to evaluate performances at the camps.
“We talked right after the camp and they pretty much said they would sit down and discuss and evaluate me and where I fit on their recruiting board,” Edwards said. “I don’t know when I’ll talk with him but I am interested in hearing what he has to say about my performance.”
Outside of hearing from Wisconsin, Edwards holds eight scholarship offers and is hearing mostly from Central Michigan, Minnesota and Western Michigan, and Minnesota. Edwards doesn’t have a favorite among the three.
Edwards may attend more camps later this summer but he doesn’t know where if he does.
“I plan on trying to go to a couple more but don’t know where yet,” Edwards said. “But if I do I want to show what I did at the Wisconsin camp.”
“If I don’t attend any more camps I just want to continue to work on my route running and continuing to learn how to beat the defensive back off the line,” Edwards added. “I’m just trying to show that I can be a reliable target for my quarterback going into next season and when I get to college.”
After signing Andrew James from the 2015 recruiting cycle and losing Jordan Fredrick and Alex Erickson to graduation at the end of this season, Wisconsin will likely try and sign at least two wide receivers to this year’s recruiting class.