According to Justin Rowland, 3-star safety Mike Edwards has finally committed to Kentucky. Edwards, who is in Lexington today with the 2014 commits, chose the Cats over Louisville, Nebraska, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Vandy. His commitment pushes Kentucky into Rivals’ TOP TEN recruiting classes nationally. Here’s what our own Nick Roush has to say about him:
5’11”, 182 lbs.
Cincinnati, OH (Winton Woods)
Rivals: #33 S, #19 in OH
Scout: #28 CB
247: #45 S, #23 in OH
The first thing you notice when watching highlights of Edwards is his aggressive play. Safeties usually are lined up about 10 yards off the line of scrimmage, with most resorting to dancing back and forth, putting forth their best effort to contain the ball. Edwards quickly reads run or pass, and immediately reacts by moving towards the ball. The instant reaction can keep a 3 yard run from turning into a 10 yarder. In the passing game, Edwards has a knack for getting his hands in-between the opposing wide receivers’. Now that may seem like a “duh” observation, but the biggest difference between high school and college DBs is that consistently breaking up passes for high school DBs is a tall task with a good QB, whereas collegiate players have the experience to know offensive nuances that tip them off just before the pass enters the targeted area. I’ve personally seen DBs improve this aspect of their game in one short year of college football. Edwards has a head-start, making him usable at a variety of positions in the secondary.
Edwards and fellow safety Darius West have also discussed playing together at the next level. West was set to announce his decision a few weeks ago, but delayed at the last minute. Could more good news be coming soon?