Tyler Edwards, the 6-foot-4, 238 pound tight end from Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe (La.), has approximately15 scholarship offers and favors LSU. The Tigers lead solidly over Alabama, Miami, Michigan and Florida, and all of his favorites have offered.
"I love the atmosphere at LSU and I feel at home there," Edwards said. "I've loved them for a long time and I've got LSU stuff all over my room because of my brother. It's just an awesome place."
His brother is Eric Edwards who played tight end for their national championship team earlier this decade. "He says that I should take my visits and see where I fit in best," Edwards said. "He doesn't think I should rush into it. He's always giving me advice and I think it has put me ahead of the game because he helps me work out and prepare and I feel like I'm more prepared for college football than most high school players."
Edwards attended the LSU Junior Day and says the Tigers are only three hours from his house. "I don't really like traveling, but I'm thinking about visiting my five favorites in July unofficially."
Despite wanting to take these unofficial visits, Edwards says he's not going to attend any camps. "I don't want to take the risk of getting hurt and I have all the offers I could ask for."
The only other school in his top five that he has already visited is Alabama. "It's different from LSU," Edwards said. "They have a really nice campus and I like how all the academic buildings and cafeteria and dorms are all close to each other. It's a great atmosphere and I love that it's a football town. Also, they don't have as many tight ends as LSU, so I'd probably be able to play early. They said I could be starting by my sophomore year."
Edwards also has offers from Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Southern Mississippi, Louisiana Tech and Auburn. The Auburn Tigers were the first school to offer Edwards last September.
Despite saying he doesn't like to travel, Edwards says that distance from home won't be a factor. "Michigan is far, but I want to visit them," he said. "They are a big-time program and I like their tradition and want to learn more about them.
"I won't commit until later in the season," he said. "Once I commit, I won't change my mind."
Edwards finished his junior season with 23 receptions for 360 yards and four touchdowns. He says he can bench 330 pounds, squats 450 and has a 30-inch vertical jump. "I can block well and have good hands," Edwards said. "I catch a lot of balls and am smart too. I don't make many mistakes and have good technique.
"I want to move better and escape from the defenders easier. I'm working on my speed (4.7 forty) and strength."
He reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 22 ACT. Edwards will be taking English 4 in summer school.