"Basically I had a fantastic visit," Edwin Delva said on his journey to Manhattan. "The high point, for me, was the game. When the team was down, I loved how they kept their composure and fought back to win.
"Coach Latimore is a pretty cool guy. I learned a lot just from talking to him. I can definitely see myself playing for him and developing my talent. We have a real good relationship. I also spent some time talking with Coach Snyder. He's a great guy and you can see how the team reflects his personality."
Before landing at Antelope Valley, Delva attended North Miami Beach High School graduating in 2010. His player-host, Andre Jackson is a player who took the same route. Jackson played high school at Miami Norland then went to West Hills Community College in the Fresno area before joining the Wildcats.
"Going to junior college helped me tremendously," Delva said. "It's not easy especially coming from out of state. You have to find out everything on your own and it makes you grow up fast. I'm more ready now to play in Division 1. I'm more mature. The experience has helped me with everything."
In his sophomore season, Delva had 37 tackles and 12 tackles for loss in nine games for the Marauders. He was a unanimous First Team All-American selection by the California Community College Athletic Association.
"We went seven and three," said Delva on the 2012 season. "I played both the three-technique and at defensive end. This year I was able to get after the quarterback more and felt like I was a lot quicker coming off the ball."
Delva plans to go back home to Miami to be with his family over the holidays and get ready to make a decision on his college future.
"I'd have to say Oregon State and Kansas State are even right now," explained Delva. "It's a tough choice because I enjoyed the people and the coaches at both places. Both teams are coming off successful seasons. I'm just going to talk to my family and weigh the pros and cons of each and make my mind up."
Other schools in the mix for Delva include Western Kentucky, BYU, and Baylor, but he says the Beavers and Wildcats are the top two finalists for his signature. Since Delva will be graduating from Antelope Valley in December, expect him to a decision soon. With the 'Cats losing players on the line to graduation and top target, Marquel Combs, choosing to go to Kansas, a commitment from Delva would be significant for this year's class.