June 19, 2012
Committed, but open
Woodbridge (Va.) Senior cornerback Evrett Edwards, who committed to Duke Wednesday, March 21, is visiting other schools.
He also claims scholarship offers from Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio, Old Dominion, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Wake Forest and West Virginia, while Florida, North Carolina, Stanford, Temple, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin have shown interest.
"I'm still committed to Duke," Edwards said. "I'm evaluating all of my options. I'm pretty happy with the decision I made. You have to look at the other schools that are recruiting me just to know what's going on with them."
"I went to Duke last week. I think it was last week. I loved it. I loved being around the coaches."
Edwards added Duke's coaches have known about all of his visits. Communication has been the key for both parties throughout his recruitment.
Derek Jones and Zac Roper are recruiting Edwards for the Blue Devils, while David Cutcliffe has also had contact with the Commonwealth cornerback.
"I like him [Jones], because he keeps it real," Edwards said. "He's real down to earth, doesn't bs me or when I was at camp didn't tell me I was doing better. He told me where I messed up. He told me where I did well. He reminds me a lot of my parents and how they taught me the game of football and I really like that."
Edwards has also connected with Jonathan Himebauch, who is pursuing him for the Demon Deacons.
"He's [Himebauch] originally from the West Coast, and I moved here from Las Vegas," Edwards said. "That's how we kicked off. It's [our relationship] good. I hit him up on Twitter and vice versa. He's a cool guy. When I went down to Wake Forest [Sunday, June 3] I really enjoyed talking to him."
The Virginia product knows football does not last forever, so he is looking for a school with a family atmosphere and that will prepare him for life after his days on the gridiron are over.
"I like the fact that it's [Duke] exclusive," Edwards said. "It's one of the smaller schools in the country. I like the fact being that they're a private school they can compile the classes that I want."
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Edwards, who is rated as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 48 cornerback and the No. 19 prospect in Virginia, hopes to major in International Business and Policy.
Edwards, who reps a 3.8 GPA, applies cerebral approach to football field too.
"They [college coaches] like how I'm cerebral on the field, my ability to read the quarterbacks steps, my route-identification, my footwork [and] my hips," Edwards said. "I just try to be the best I can be."
"Duke said they like me on both sides of the ball, playing corner and slot [receiver]. Coach Cut saw the first three plays on my offensive highlight, turned it off and said, 'I want you to play both sides.' Northwestern wants me to play both sides and kick returner and punt returner."
He added East Carolina, Illinois and Old Dominion also like him as a two-way player.
Edwards recorded 40 tackles, seven pass breakups, six interceptions, and caught 16 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns last season. He did not see action at wide receiver until halfway through the season.
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