2015 Intro: David Edwards

With the University of Wisconsin welcoming its 2015 recruiting class to campus this week, BadgerNation looks at the new Badgers joining the program, like Downers Grove (Ill.) North tight end David Edwards.

Commitment Date: 6/18/14

Accolades: David Edwards attended Downers Grove North High School … ranked as the No. 1 tight end in Illinois, No. 2 in the Midwest and No. 13 in the country by Scout.com … All-West Suburban Conference as a senior … played three seasons at quarterback for Downers Grove North, while also playing defensive end, outside linebacker and long snapper … helped lead team to pair of state quarterfinal appearances … also a four-year letter-winner and two-year team captain in basketball.

Recruiting Competition: Edwards committed to Wisconsin over Illinois and Iowa, his other two favorites. He also had offers from Indiana, Iowa State, Syracuse and Wake Forest and interest from Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Stanford.

Why Wisconsin? “Every place you go to tells you how great the place is and how much the players enjoy it. (The Wisconsin coaches) always say that they will show you how great the place is and you will have bad days, and that is when the coaches will be there to talk to you about what is bugging you and stuff like that. They have told me that you aren't going to come in as a freshman and be an All-World tight end and you will have to develop. But they will give me opportunity to develop and give me a spot as a sophomore or a junior when I am ready.”

Scouting Report: Edwards is a little bit tough to project because he played quarterback in high school, but that was in a system in which he ran a good amount, and we've seen him perform at tight end in a camp setting. He's a big kid, every bit of his listed size. He has big hands, and catching the ball did not seem to be an issue for him. He has to get more explosive and keep working on polishing his route-running and blocking, two things he's obviously very raw at, having never played the position. He's going to end up being a really big kid once he gets into a college strength and conditioning program. It's all a matter of developing and learning the position.

BadgerNation Prediction: Wisconsin made a calculated risk not to stretch on a tight end prospect late in the 2014 cycle based on a) the development Troy Fumagalli and T.J. Watt during their redshirt seasons and b) sitting well in this class with Kyle Penniston and Edwards. So even though the Badgers lost three senior tight ends, UW rolled the dice and it paid off in a big way as they snagged their top two tight end targets.

Many are curious how smoothly Edwards will transfer over to tight end, but our eyes lit up when we saw him compete live at tight end this summer at Wisconsin’s high school camp. You could tell he was still learning the position, but the size and athleticism he brought was top-notch. Once he gets a grasp on the position and gets even stronger, he could be a dominant force. Edwards is a great addition to Wisconsin’s offense.

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