It is often said that big-time players make big-time plays, and Canton McKinley senior defensive back Jermaine Edmondson is a perfect example of that statement being so true. Edmondson helped lead his team to a 32-21 win over Huber Heights Wayne last week.
With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound, Michigan State commit made the play that turned the game to his team's favor. He picked off a pass in his own end zone and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown, turning the tide in McKinley's favor.
"I just did what my coach told me to do, which was to play tight coverage down near the red zone," Edmondson stated. "I saw the route he was running and I just reacted to the football in the air. Once I grabbed it, I just ran as fast as I could and I didn't think I could be caught from behind. I never looked back and tried to go as fast as I could to the other end zone."
"Playing against their top wide receiver (Armani Miller) was a great challenge for me," he continued. "He is a great player and he was tough to cover, but my coaches thought I did a great job. He was a really nice guy too, and he kept telling me I was doing a good job out there. I really respect him as a person and as a player, and he was fun to play against."
Edmondson committed to Michigan State this past summer, but indicated he might take a few visits this fall to be 100% certain of his decision.
"I love Michigan State, but I'm also being recruited by Iowa, Purdue and Nebraska," he added. "I will definitely be taking an official visit to Michigan State of course, but I might be going to visit Iowa, Purdue and Nebraska too. I just want to make sure Michigan State is the right place for me."
After moving to Ohio from California prior to his junior season, Edmondson not only was in a new city but he also had to learn to play cornerback for the first time after being an offensive player.
"It was tough learning to play cornerback at first," he admitted. "But, by the end of last year I felt I was really starting to grasp what I needed to do out there. It was hard for me, but I put a lot of work in to learning the position and it has really paid off for me."