Edwards says he has favorites

Tyler Edwards

Tyler Edwards, a 6-3, 225-pound junior out of Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe, La., is one of the top tight ends in the south's 2008 recruiting class, and has picked up around 15 scholarship offers, with a few schools standing out above the rest.

"I haven't narrowed anything down, but I've been looking at Miami, LSU, Michigan, Florida and Alabama," Edwards told Tiger Rag. "I guess you could say they are my top five. I'd say that LSU is my number one, but its close."

 

Edwards said that LSU also the program he has been in contact with the most, talking to Tiger coaches several times during the week.

 

"I talk to [tight end] coach [Josh] Henson all the time," he said. "I was actually talking to him for a while last night. I got the chance to talk to coach Miles last Monday, too. He's been texting me a lot. Other than LSU, I talk a lot with Miami and Alabama. Bama used to talk to me the most, but lately LSU has been contacting me more."

 

Edwards, whose older brother played for the Tigers a few years ago, was on hand for LSU's junior day, though he said he has been familiar with the campus and program for years.

 

"They have a real good atmosphere down there," he said of his leader. "I've been there a bunch of times, but I did get a chance to check out all the facilities and the academic building and stuff close up."

 

In addition to the trip to Baton Rouge, Edwards has also taken an unofficial visit the Alabama, where he saw the Crimson Tide play a spring scrimmage game a few weeks ago.

 

"One thing I liked about Alabama was that everything was close together. The dorms and the study hall and cafeteria are all right next to each other. I could also play early there because they are shorter on tight ends."

 

Early playing time is something that the tight end said is one thing he wants to look for, but says that it is also something you have to work to get.

 

"I want to work hard and try to get some playing time," he said. "If I went to LSU, I'd go out there and work as hard as I could, like Richard Dixon did, to get some playing time. I think I could do well there. I wouldn't mind staying close to home, but I'll go wherever."

 

Besides LSU and Alabama, Edwards has not taken any other unofficial visits, and said that he does not have any others on the schedule this spring due to a hectic schedule.

 

His summer plans are still up in the air as well, as he is still trying to figure out what he will be able to fit into his schedule.

 

"I might go to LSU's camp," he said. "Ohio State is trying to get me to go to theirs, but I don't think I'm going to go to that one. I'm going to try and take a few visits this summer, the use my officials during the season. I'll probably commit sometime towards the end of next season."

 

Edwards will look to be a key contributor for Ouachita in 2007, when he coach said he wants to get the tight end a minimum of 40 catches.

 

As a junior, he finished the year with 24 catches for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns.

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