Kip Edwards, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound three-star cornerback from Bowie High School in Arlington, Texas, has over 20 scholarship offers and has narrowed his list to five schools.
Edwards said he favors Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Louisville and Colorado. "But I really like Wisconsin, Louisville and Iowa," Edwards said. "Those are my top three."
He hasn't set up any official visits yet and the only campus he's actually seen so far is Missouri's. "I'll probably set up at least three visits," he said. "I'm probably gonna be setting them up soon.
"The campus at Missouri is beautiful and I felt at home when I was there," he said. "They seem to all really like each other and get along really well. The teammates hang out together and are really humble."
Edwards, ranked as the No. 39 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, says the school that is recruiting him the hardest is Iowa. "They have really great tradition," he said. "I love their graduation rate. It's like 72 percent for football players and that's really impressive.
"Iowa has been struggling a bit this year, but it's looks like they need help on defense and I may be able to play early," Edwards said. "The coaches call me every week and they told me they need leaders on the field who want to be an asset for the team. There isn't just one coach that's recruiting me. I hear from (defensive back) coach Phil Parker, (linebacker coach) Darrell Wilson and (recruiting coordinator) Eric Johnson."
As a youngster, Edwards says he always watched Texas games, but not as a supporter. "I used to watch them because I wanted to see them lose," he said. "Everyone around here loves Texas and I never did. I like Oklahoma, so whenever they played each other I'd always be rooting for OU. They just seemed like they always had an amazing defense and played together as one unit."
Although the Sooners haven't offered, the team that upset them (on Sept. 29) is also on Edwards list - Colorado. "I didn't get to watch that game, but when I heard Oklahoma lost I was in total shock."
Edwards has been very impressed by Wisconsin. "They are undefeated right now and just got a big win against Michigan State," he said. "They hadn't really played a tough team and they showed they are a top team with this win.
"They love big cornerbacks and I think I'd be able to fit in well there," he said. "I like the coaches there, especially (defensive back coach) Kerry Cooks. He's been there and has a lot of great experience. He's also from my area (Dallas, Texas) and has gotten it done. I really respect him and feel I could relate to him.
"Louisville also likes big corners and they need help on defense, so I'd be able to contribute early there.
"I just want to make sure I graduate and that's gonna be really important," he said. "I also want a program with good tradition and a team that goes to bowl games and does well. I'd like to decide by the end of October. Our Senior Night is sometime toward the end of October and I think that would be a good time to announce my decision."
Bowie High School is off to a 4-0 start. Edwards has 16 tackles and one interception.
"I'm tall and I can run," Edwards said. "I have long arms and good reach. I also have good ability to bump-and-run. I'm very aggressive and smart."
He reports a 3.3 core GPA and is waiting on his Sept. 15 ACT results.