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March 29, 2006ORLANDO, Fla. - There is a lot more to pre-evaluation Rivals100 safety Lorenzo Edwards than just athletic skill. The talented Florida prospect says that his college decision will rely heavily on academics just as much as playing defensive back.
Though he projects as either a safety or a linebacker, the 6-foot-2, 217-pound humble Edwards says that the defensive backfield is where he sees himself as a college starter. It's there that the Sunshine State prospect feels like he can do the things that he does best.
"I bring a lot to the table whether it's commitment, leadership, or being a hard-hitter," Edwards said about his game. "I can go up and play run, but also coverage. You get to do many things and be everywhere."
His academic goals are very high even before his senior year has begun. Edwards watched his brother put together model cars and build stick houses when the light bulb came on about what he might want to do for a career.
That choice will be a huge factor in his final decision on where he will attend college.
"I saw my brother and I was like, I want to do that and build things," Edwards said. "I pursued architecture stuff here in high school and I'm in class right now for the next step in that. A solid architectural engineering program is what I'm looking for."
Edwards, who holds athletic scholarship offers from Florida, Louisville, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Miami, Georgia Tech, and many others, says three schools stick out to him in that area of academics.
"Florida, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame - those three have the best programs for that from what I've found out," Edwards said. "I would definitely like to learn more about those and some others out there that I haven't found yet.
"I know I could establish a solid foundation in that and besides the money I could earn in the NFL, I could earn money doing that which I enjoy."
There hasn't been much travling for Edwards just yet in the early stages of his recruitment. However, that will change when he takes in the Adidas Elite Camp at Notre Dame and the NIKE Training Camp at the University of Miami.
"My dad and I sat down to look at camps and we also though, why not make unofficial visits to the schools I camp at," Edwards said. "We called up the schools and they said that was okay, so we went from there."
Even though several schools seem to be fighting for position with Edwards, he says that there are no specific favorites at the moment. He explained that trips this summer will go towards comprising his favorites.
His family will also be a big part of the process.
"Both of my parents are on me strictly about academics," Edwards said. "That comes first to them and athletics comes second. Mom doesn't want me to go far, dad doesn't really care.
"I think their thoughts will factor where I go."