October 30, 2008

Georgia LB expects interest to pick up

Recruiting may have slacked off some for Powder Springs (McEachern HS), Ga. linebacker Emmanuel Edouarzin, but his season certainly hasn't.

Up to 6-foot-2, 232 pounds from his Rivals.com measured height and weight of 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, Edouarzin has amassed approximately 80 tackles this fall, which includes 15 tackles for a loss, five and a half quarterback sacks and is credited with three forced fumbles. He projects as a linebacker in college, but has played both linebacker and defensive end this fall for McEachern.

"I'm hearing a lot from Western Michigan and Tennessee-Chattanooga right now," Edouarzin said on Wednesday. "I'm still getting a lot of mail from schools like Ole Miss, West Virginia, and Mississippi State."

The fact that coaches aren't calling doesn't concern Edouarzin.

"I want to finish the season strong and see what happens," he said. "I'm just now putting my senior highlight video together and when I send that out, I think it'll attract some attention. I actually sent one recently to West Virginia and I'm going to send one to Ole Miss and Mississippi State. I want to wait until after the season and then I'll focus on recruiting."

Edouarzin's season may be over sooner rather than later as his McEachern team is now 4-4 on the season with just two regular games remaining. The team has a shot at the playoffs, but could be left out without a win or perhaps two.

Ole Miss had shown some interest in Edouarzin back in the spring, with Rebels defensive line coach Tracy Rocker talking to Edouarzin.

"He said they were going to watch me during the season," he said. "I expect them to be back in touch after our seasons are over. We'll see."

Should Ole Miss pursue Edouarzin, he would be the second player from Power Springs that Ole Miss has been after in the last three years.

The Rebels signed Ted Laurent, whose parents are Haitian. His family moved to Canada before Laurent moved to the Atlanta suburbs prior to his freshman year. Laurent was a four-star nose tackle prospect signed in the 2007 signing class and has emerged on the Rebel defensive line as a force for Ole Miss.

Ironically, both players are of Haitian descent.

Edouarzin, attended the Gainesville NIKE camp earlier this year where he checked in at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds and logged a 4.7 40-yard dash. He said his best 40-yard dash time is in the 4.67 area.

The prospect played defensive end for South Cobb last year, but transferred to McEachern last summer.

Edouarzin, racked up 94 tackles with ten tackles for a loss and three sacks for a struggling South Cobb team that went just 2-8 last season and was named all-county and defensive lineman of the year for his team.

While Laurent is a McEachern alumn and it appears Edouarzin will be also, the two players' paths have seldom crossed with Edouarzin's South Cobb team playing against Laurent's McEachern team two years ago.

"Ted was on the defensive line and I was on the punting team," Edouarzin said. "But Ted wasn't exactly rushing the punter."

Laurent struggled some academically in high school because of English being his second language, but Edouarzin doesn't have that to deal with.

"I was born in Haiti, but moved here when I was real young," he said. "English is my first language and I can speak just a little Creole."

Edouarzin said he currently has a 2.6 GPA and just recently took the SAT and that he doesn't expect transferring will have any impact on him being able to qualify academically.

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