Straight Business

"My brother (Eric Edwards) says that coach Saban works you hard, but that it's worth it. He says he wouldn't change a thing," Tyler Edwards said. "I like him because he's straight business. They have like two tight ends that will be seniors and he said that I'd have a chance to play early. He also said that they may try me at defense too. He seems like a coach that can get me ready for the NFL."

Tyler Edwards, the 6-foot-4, 238-pound four-star tight end from Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe, La., just finished a two-week trip to his four favorite schools. "It was crazy, but a lot of fun," Edwards said. "I got to see a lot and talked with a lot of coaches."

Edwards, ranked No. 16 nationally by Scout.com, has already visited LSU, Alabama, Florida and Miami. The Tigers are his top choice. In fact, he goes back to Baton Rouge on June 27 for a bass fishing tournament and plans to stop by LSU once again.

"Last week when I was there I talked with their tight coach (Josh Henson) and a few other coaches, but I didn't get a chance to talk with Les Miles because he wasn't there," Edwards said. "I like forward to talking with coach Miles and getting to know him better.

"Coach Henson talked with me about their offense and how I would fit in. We got to watch some film together too. The only thing is that they are pretty deep at tight end and I have to see if I'd even be able to play." Edwards' brother, Eric Edwards, played tight end for the Tigers when they won the national championship under coach Nick Saban, who is now the head coach at Alabama.

"My brother really likes Nick Saban," Edwards said. "He has good things to say about him. He really believes that he'll turn Alabama around. I know a lot of people around Louisiana aren't too happy with coach Saban, but you've got to do what you've got to do.

"My brother says that coach Saban works you hard, but that it's worth it. He says he wouldn't change a thing. I like him because he's straight business. They have like two tight ends that will be seniors and he said that I'd have a chance to play early," Edwards said. "He also said that they may try me at defense too. He seems like a coach that can get me ready for the NFL.

Edwards says that Alabama are is recruiting him the hardest. "I was at their camp and I really liked it," he said. "I love the environment there."

Another environment that Edwards enjoyed was Miami. "It's different," he said. "The city is huge and everything there is pretty new and nice. The campus is pretty small because it's a private school, which is great because the academics are very good. Also they have a lot of tight ends in the NFL. It's a good place to go and develop as a player.

"They also have great facilities and I liked the environment a lot," Edwards said. "I saw Bubba Franks and Edgerrin James there working out. It was great."

Another thing that impressed Edwards about the 'Canes was their new head coach, Randy Shannon. "He's a nice guy," he said. "He's really laid-back and seems to have a great relationship with his players. He says players just like to hang out in his office watching TV and eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches."

Edwards didn't have any peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...and he says he is also very impressed with Florida. "They got voted like the number one college town and I liked it a lot," Edwards said. "It was great. The camp was a lot of fun and really competitive. I really like the coaches there and they just won the national championship so it's a nice atmosphere to be in.

"Coach Billy Gonzales (wide receivers) said they want to use me as an H-back guy and that they plan to use their tight end more this season."

Edwards says he plans to take his time before making a decision, but admits that it's not going to be easy. "I thought it would get easier with time, but it's getting harder," Edwards said. "I get along with all the coaches and every time I visit a different school I begin to like them more. I tell people that LSU is my favorite, but they are all getting closer."

He reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 22 ACT.

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