UAB signs Tift County Kicker

Tifton, Ga - Charlie Edwards, a kicker from Tift County HS signed a letter of intent with UAB last Wednesday. He recently spoke with about his decision.

Tift County kicker Charlie Edwards had a very uneasy recruiting process before signing a letter of intent with UAB on February 7th.

"It was kind of frustrating with all of the coaching changes," said Edwards.  "Every time I was scheduled to go somewhere for a visit, the coach would leave.  It kind of jumbled thing up there for awhile, so UAB came in at the right time."

A native of Tifton, Ga., UAB assistant coach Tyson Summers knew all about the two-time all-state kicker.  After visiting Birmingham on Jan. 26th, Edwards received a scholarship offer from UAB and he decided to commit.

"Coach Summers is from Tift County," said Edwards. "He started recruiting me while he was an assistant at Georgia and then at Georgia Southern.  When Coach Calloway became the Head coach at UAB, he offered Coach Summers a job as linebackers coach. He called me when he got there and he kind of started recruiting me there as well."

"I had a visit set up for Valdosta State, but it was cancelled when Coach (Chris) Hatcher moved to Georgia Southern.  Then Coach Summers called me and said that UAB was probably going to offer a kicker.  I went up there for a visit that weekend and I committed while I was there."

For Edwards, the decision was all about his visit.

"I love the city of Birmingham," he said. "That's one of the main reasons why I decided to go there. I like it because it's a big city, but it's got a Southern feel to it. It wasn't like Atlanta where everything is kind of jumbled together. It was kind of spread out."

The Blazers also signed Peach County quarterback Bryan Ellis.  Edwards and Ellis are very good friends.

"We visited UAB the same weekend," Edwards said. "I knew Bryan when he was a quarterback at Tift Area and we hung out together at the Georgia All-Star Game. It was good to have somebody I knew there."

Edwards will take over the UAB punting duties.  He averaged 41.8 yards per punt his senior season and 27 of his 62 punts were inside the twenty-yard line.

"Coach Calloway told me they didn't have a punter, but a walk-on might come in.  He said he wanted me to come in and kick as a freshman.  I talked to their kicker on Saturday night and he said they needed a punter right now."

With the tough part behind him, Edwards can now begin to prepare for next fall and his future at UAB.

"Coach Summers just told me to stay in the weight room and keep working on my flexibility," said Edwards. "They just want to make sure I stay flexible.  They said they didn't necessarily want me kicking everyday right now.  They said maybe towards the end of the month I could get back to it.  They want me in mid-season form when I get there."

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Charlie Edwards at the North-South All-Star Game in Columbus.

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