Duke continues to make its push out west by trying to pilfer talent out of California and now, rising 2018 Tulare (Calif.) Tulare Union wide receiver Emoryie Edwards is the latest Golden State prospect to land on the Blue Devil’s recruiting watch list.
Edwards said he was “super excited and proud of myself” when the Blue Devils emerged as offer No. 4 on Sept. 4, adding to a growing offer tree that includes Washington State, Eastern Washington and BYU. Edwards told Scout that he was hanging out with his family at his Tulare home until he received a surprise phone call from Duke wide receivers coach Jeffrey Faris.
“I was outside with my family and I talked to coach Faris on the phone and he said they wanted to extend an offer to me,” Edwards said. “I’m intrigued and happy that big programs like Duke are coming to the Valley. They're a top notch school not only with education and football but other sports as well.”
Tulare Union High isn’t foreign to Duke, as the Blue Devils once tried to make a recruiting dash at former TUHS running back Romello Harris through the 2016 recruiting cycle. Harris, though, instead choose Washington State.
Edwards – now in his third season on Tulare’s varsity roster – has guided the Tribe to a 2-0 start and is the current leader in receptions (17), yardage (268) and touchdowns (two) this season. He recently hauled in 10 catches for 137 yards and one score in Tulare Union’s 42-7 romp of Visalia (Calif.) El Diamante on Sept. 2.
With the four offers, Edwards hasn’t compiled a list of top schools for himself and stated “I want to wait until I rack a few more offers, then start finalizing a list.”