March 15, 2011

Edwards pulls the trigger for the Seminoles

The original plan for defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr. was to not make his college decision until the Under Armour All-American Game in 2012. However, during his unofficial visit to Florida State, he just couldn't wait and committed to the Seminoles.

In 1995, the Florida State Seminoles added Mario Edwards to their roster and now 17 years later, his son also is a Seminole.

"I wasn't really expecting to make a commitment, but just spending time with all the players and watching film with Coach Eliot, I just couldn't wait any longer," Edwards said. "I'm ready to be a Seminole so I let the coaching staff know today that I'm committed to Florida State. Hanging out with Coach Stoops, Coach Fisher, and everyone, just felt like home. This is where I wanted to be, so I didn't think there was a reason to wait.

Certainly not hurting the Seminoles cause is the fact that his father Mario Edwards, Sr., who enjoyed such a great career at Florida State. However, the younger Edwards stated that how he could fit into the system and his love for FSU was the biggest factor.

"It's a big family here. I think I fit perfectly in the FSU defense and FSU from the start showed me how they would use me in the defense," Edwards replied. "I just have to work hard and try to earn my spot. I will start off at DE but I'll play wherever they want me. I'm just relieved to have the decision done now. It also doesn't hurt that my father played here."

How does the 6-foot-4, 275 pound star plan to continue his father's legacy while at FSU?

"I will be wearing my father's number at FSU - No. 15. It's special to me as a player," noted Edwards.

Does Edwards know how how he will fit into the FSU defense, playing for defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, and his future position coach DJ Eliot?

"Coach Eliot likes big defensive ends that can fly around to the football and that's certainly me," said Edwards. "They already have a ton of talented guys, so I have my work cut out for me. But I'm ready for that challenge and I know Coach Stoops is going to help me become a better player, along with the other coaches here."

Edwards becomes one of the highest rated committed prospects for the 2012 class. Does he plan on calling others to join him?

"I want this class to be the top one in the nation. I'm not sure who I will call yet, but I'm going to do whatever the coaches want me to," Edwards replied. "I'll be calling whoever that needs to be called to talk about Florida State."

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