He arrived late to the Scout South Showcase in Bamberg a few months back but he made a big impression on the coaches and analysts there. At 6'1 155 pounds Marcus Edmond of Lower Richland High School was late to the party but he made a grand entrance once he laced up his cleats. His efforts on the balmy day in Bamberg landed him defensive back MVP honors and schools have already been in contact with the talented 2013 prospect. That's why he's the latest player to be featured in SCPrepNation.com's "UP NEXT" series.
The 2013 prospect had a strong season for Lower Richland last year as a sophomore. He lined up all over the field playing at cornerback, quarterback, running back, and wide receiver. Edmond talked a little bit about his impressive campaign a year ago including his biggest and toughest showings of the season.
"I don't really know my stats but I played wing back last year and I had a total of 11 touchdowns."
"My best game last year was against Richland Northeast. I scored three touchdowns. But it was memorable because I had a groin injury the whole game."
"A.C. Flora was the toughest team we faced last year because we both played well on both sides of the ball and the game end up coming down to a field goal."
Edmond's talents shined bright in Bamberg during the aforementioned Scout South Showcase. Edmond says he even surprised himself with his MVP performance at defensive back.
"Yes I was surprised because that was actually the first combine I ever went to so yeah that went well for me."
The 2013 standout posted a 4.6 second 40 time and a 4.38 pro shuttle time at the event but he really stood out during one on ones and seven on seven action.
Having lined up all over the field for Lower Richland Edmond brings a slew of skills to the table. We're projecting him currently as a top flight cover cornerback from what we've seen of him on film and in person. He very well could land on the offensive side of the ball due to tremendous ball skills. Quite simply with the football in his hands good things tend to happen.
So what does Edmond feel gives him an edge when he's out on the field now and what does he want to improve on?
"I feel that running the ball, tackling, and good coverage are my biggest strengths now. I want to improve on my overall technique and leadership out on the field."
Edmond missed spring practice due to obligations to the Lower Richland track and field squad. His efforts on the track didn't go unrewarded either.
"I had the Track & Field State Championship during spring practice so schools didn't get a chance to see me really then. I finished in 2nd place in the 400 meter dash."
So far Edmond says North Carolina State, Kentucky, Clemson, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt have expressed early interest in him. Still learning about the recruiting process Edmond is hoping to see things pick up even more with even more schools once his junior season gets going.
"Clemson is recruiting me pretty hard but I'd still say they are all coming at me about the same."
The 2013 prospect already has a strong idea of what factors will carry the most significance for him when it comes time to choose a college.
"Education is first always for me because my main goal is to graduate from college. Next is the coaching staff and the overall history of a university."
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates concerning Marcus Edmond as we project him to be one of the state's top 2013 prospects given his skills and potential on the gridiron so stay tuned!
Kerry's Take: I honestly didn't expect Edmond to perform on the level he did but came ready to work at the Scout South Showcase. He posted some solid numbers but really put on a show during the one on ones and seven on seven action. He utilized his length, athleticism, and closing speed to lock down wide receivers. We had plenty of D1 wide receivers at the camp and Edmond surprised many of the coaches with his work. One look at his highlight tape shows why the LR staff is so high on him and always tries to find a way to keep him on the field. With 15-25 pounds of muscle on his frame Edmond has a high ceiling and if he keeps up his work on the camp/combine circuit he'll likely be a Top 10 prospect in-state.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...MARCUS EDMOND
Bench press: 180 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.5 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.1 seconds
A CLOSER LOOK...MARCUS EDMOND
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite subject in school: Math
Favorite thing to do when not playing football: Play basketball
Favorite music artists: Lil' Wayne, Drake, and Wiz Khalifa
Dream college: University of Oregon
Dream date would be with_____: Meagan Good
One thing that most people would be surprised to know about me is....." "I have played the main four sports most of my life. First I started out playing occer, then I played basketball, next I ran track, and last I played football."