Don’t expect college football coaches skipping Tulare (Calif.) Tulare Union High School anytime soon, as 2018 wide receiver Emoryie Edwards has surfaced as the latest prominent recruit on the campus.
Edwards – who hails from the same school that produced Romello Harris (Washington State), Bryce Harris (Fresno State, New Orleans Saints), Marquess Wilson (Washington State, Chicago Bears) and Zac Diles (Kansas State, NFL free agent) – is starting to stack the scholarship papers before he becomes an upperclassmen.
The 6-foot, 190-pound target has three offers in his possession from BYU, Washington State and Eastern Washington. He adds that he was a topic of interest for many other college coaches who visited the East Tulare Ave. campus during the NCAA spring evaluation period.
“There’s been a ton of colleges coming through Tulare Union. It’s been nice,” Edwards said, who has had visits from coaches representing Washington, Colorado, BYU, EWU and Fresno State. “I’m just trying to absorb all of it, look at my options and just try to find out more about those schools.”
Edwards hit the ground running at Bob Mathias Stadium as a freshman on varsity, hauling in 32 catches for 419 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 13.1 yards per catch during the 2014-15 season. He followed his freshman season by skyrocketing to 67 receptions, 910 yards and 11 touchdowns last season; totals that led Tulare’s offensive attack.
He originally thought that offer No. 1 wasn’t going to come right away.
“I felt like it [my recruiting period] was actually going to go slow for me,” Edwards said. “I was thinking that I wasn’t going to get offered until my junior or senior year. I wasn’t ready for any of it, honestly.”
But that changed when BYU tight ends coach Steve Clark came around the 559 looking for potential future Cougars, and extended a scholarship opportunity to Edwards on April 27.
Then came the domino effect: Edwards received his second offer from Romello Harris’ future college on May 3, then EWU pulled its trigger on an offer for Edwards on May 11.
Camp invites have also glutted his mail box and inbox, as Oregon, Colorado, EWU, Washington State and BYU have invited Edwards to perform in front of its coaches during the summer.
As Tulare’s new top receiving threat, he’s drawn comparisons to the current Chicago Bear Wilson, who serves as one of Edwards’ mentors.
“He told me to stay on my toes and keep grinding,” Edwards said.
He cites his now former high school teammate Romello Harris as his best recruiting guidance counselor.
“I think Romello has been the biggest help I’ve had,” Edwards said. “He’s one of the main reasons why I’m here right now. He’s pushed me to be better than what I can be. So I thank him a lot.”
With three early offers, Edwards said that he’ll avoid the temptation of committing early, saying “I’m waiting until my senior year. That’s when I’ll make my decision.”
Until the time comes when he’ll make his college choice, Edwards has gone from idolizing past Tulare greats to knowing that he’s now the city’s top college prospect for 2018.
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“Man, it’s great to know that if you have the talent, you can be able to make something for yourself [at Tulare],” Edwards said.