Tyler Edwards, the 6-foot-4, 238-pound four-star tight end from Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe, La., has approximately 25 scholarship offers and has narrowed it down to five schools from among those offers.
Edwards, ranked by Scout.com as No. 76 in the Southeast, No. 228 nationally, and the No. 15 tight end in the country, said he still favors LSU and Alabama solidly over Miami, Florida and Nebraska. "LSU and Alabama are my top two," Edwards said. "I have a great relationship with all their coaches and could see myself playing at either school."
He grew up following the Tigers and his brother, Eric Edwards, played tight end for the Tigers when they won the national championship under coach Nick Saban, before he left for the Miami Dolphins and eventually, Alabama.
"I really feel at home at LSU and it's just a comfortable place," he said. "I think I fit in well with the coaches and the players. The coaches are really smart and know what they are doing. I think they will play for the national championship this year. They've got a lot of talent on that team."
Edwards attended camps at LSU, Alabama and Florida.
"Alabama is probably gonna struggle a little this year, but coach Saban will get things going," Edwards said. "He's working hard to rebuild and has to get his own players in there. They don't expect things to happen right away, but they'll be back on top."
Edwards does have high expectations for the two Florida schools on his list, Miami and Florida. "(New) Coach Randy Shannon at Miami really knows his football and I think they'll really improve this year," he said. "He's a great motivator and has the team believing in themselves.
"(Florida) coach Urban Meyer is also a great coach and very laid back," Edwards said. "They have a great program and produce great athletes. I think they've got enough top guys coming back this year to really have a chance to repeat as national champions."
Edwards hasn't scheduled any official visits yet, but is planning to do so soon. "I'm meeting with my coach tomorrow to talk about visits," he said. "I'm looking for a school where I can get early playing time and just feel at home and like I really fit in.
"I really don't want to feel pressured," he said. "That's not what's gonna make me choose a school. I'm waiting until after the season to decide."
A new school to Edwards' top five is Nebraska. "They started to recruit me a lot this summer," he said. "They've been hitting me hard and said they'll come to see one of my games this fall. I know Nebraska has great history and always produces great players, but I don't know too much about the program yet."
Ouachita Parish starts their season on August 31 against Carroll High School in Monroe, La., but they played their jamboree game on Aug. 25 against Russell. Ouachita won 9-7, but Edwards admitted he was less than stellar. "I didn't play too well and felt sick," he said. "I was throwing up and I think it was something I ate. I didn't have any catches and was only blocking during the game."
He reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 22 ACT.