Blinn OT up to six offers

Blinn OT up to six offers

A player who has already garnered a lot of interest from FBS programs over the past couple months is Blinn OT Tyler Edwards (6-6, 295). After starting games at both center and tackle, the versatile offensive line prospect already has hauled in six offers and more schools could get in the mix soon...

Edwards prepped at Glen Rose High School in Malvern, Arkansas and enjoyed a solid career there. However, he was unable to qualify for a D-1 scholarship, so he decided to go the D-2 route, but found himself unhappy with his decision.

"I signed with Arkansas Tech which is a D-2 school, but I wasn't happy there so I left and came here to Blinn," Edwards told JCFootball.com recently. "Blinn was pretty close to home and when I decided to go there, they were either second or third in the nation so I knew I was going to be at a great program.

"I really like the competition you face here every day, whether it's in practice or during games every week. It was a place I knew I could have a chance to excel at and then see what happens."

When he arrived last summer, Edwards immediately earned the starting center spot for the Buccaneers and started the first seven games in the pivot. However, when the right tackle was lost due to eligibility issues, he slid outside showing his versatility and his 'team first' attitude.

"It was easy for me I thought," Edwards said. "I know there aren't a lot of 6'6" centers, but more than anything it was about me making the calls and snapping the ball and then getting into my blocks.

"Outside I felt like I slid pretty well and I have a good punch, so I felt like it was a pretty natural move for me."

On the recruiting front, Edwards already has six offers and more could be on the way once they get his film in their hands.

"I have offers from Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Houston, UTEP and Kansas State right now," Edwards said. "New Mexico has been asking about me a lot, but they are mainly talking to my coaches and some other schools like North Texas and Arkansas also are after me too.

"My coaches just want me to focus on lifting and getting stronger this year and not worry about my recruiting right now. I'm at 330 (pounds) on my bench right now and I obviously want to get that up closer to 400 so I have a lot of work ahead of me."

Edwards said he plans to take his visits before he makes a decision and that he's open to any school that wants to jump in the boat.

He is on pace to get his AA degree in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2012 football season.

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