Livin' on a Prayer

Kip Edwards has circled the date. September 22nd. That's the day that Iowa visits Camp Randall Stadium to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. Edwards, a 6-1, 180-pound, cornerback, from Bowie high in Arlington, Texas has offers from the Hawkeyes and the Badgers as well as several other schools.

"I can tell you right now that I'll either be at Wisconsin to watch the Iowa game in person or I'll be sitting in from of my television at home watching that game." Kip Edwards told Badger Nation.

"I have offers from both schools and I'm interested to see who comes out on top that day. I also have offers from Colorado, Arkansas, Nebraska, Kansas, Louisville, Missouri, Rice and UTEP.

"I don't have a leader right now and I don't have a list of favorites. To be honest, I think of all the schools that have offered me a scholarship. I haven't narrowed anything down yet and I haven't set up any official visits."

Edwards to his own admission performed sub-par until late into his junior season and even overcame an ankle injury.

"I wasn't listening to my coaches," said Edwards. "I thought my way was the way and nobody could tell me any different. When we played Cedar Hill and things didn't go my way, I thought I'd better start listening to my coaches. That's when things took off for me.

"I finished my junior season with 57 solo tackles, 10 pass break-ups and 3 interceptions. The letters and scholarship offers started to roll in after that. If I wasn't so stubborn at the beginning of my junior season who knows what kind of numbers I could've put up."

Edwards has scholarship offers from schools both north and south. We asked Kip what he was looking for in a school and if distance would be factor when it comes to making his college choice.

"Distance definitely will not be a factor." Edwards said. "North or south, I don't care. I'm looking for a school that offers a great education and a school that has a chance to play for a national championship.

"To be honest, my dream is to play in the league (NFL) and I'm looking for a program that has the reputation of putting defensive backs in the league. I think it's everyone's dream that plays college football to get to the highest level."

The Badgers recruiting efforts for Kip Edwards are being led by Kerry Cooks.

"Coach Cooks has done a great job recruiting me," he said. "I know that Wisconsin had the #7 pass defense in the nation last year. I know Wisconsin had [Joe Thomas] the Outland Trophy winner last year. I know that P.J. Hill will be a Heisman Trophy candidate.

"Coach Cooks has been really good at educating me on Wisconsin football and also about the education at Wisconsin. I want to major in Kinesiology and Coach Cooks has gotten me up to speed on the education as well." Edwards hasn't set up any of his official visits but he feels confident that he'll be able to make his college decision in late September or early October.

"I'm going to get with my family and coaches in September," Edwards said. "I'm going to pray on everything and ask the Lord to keep me humble and show me the way. The Lord will lead me in the right direction. I believe that."

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