Fourth Quarter Ready

"Alabama has really impressed me," Tyler Edwards said. "I was expecting LSU to do well, but Alabama beat Arkansas and almost beat Georgia. I guess Nick Saban has really turned things around over there. I don't think they even thought they'd improve as quickly as they have and they'll get even better next year...You can tell they are just fourth quarter ready this year..."

Tyler Edwards, the 6-foot-4, 238-pound four-star tight end already has 15 receptions for 250 yards and three touchdowns, helping lead Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe, La., to a 3-2 record.

Edwards, ranked the No. 15 tight end in the country by Scout.com, says he has around 25 scholarship offers, but has narrowed down his choices to six schools. He favors LSU, Alabama, Miami, Florida, Nebraska and Arkansas, and says that the Tigers and Tide are remain his main targets.

"My family are big LSU fans," Edwards said. "We go to a lot of their games and have a trailer that we take to tailgate there. LSU rules in my household, but they all know that I've got to do what's best for me."

Not only are LSU and Alabama his top two, but he says they are recruiting him the hardest as well. "I'm really close to all the coaches at LSU and Alabama," he said. "I talk to all the LSU coaches every week and they email me a lot, plus they were at my game last week.

"The Alabama coaches have also come to see me play and Arkansas says they'll come by later this month," Edwards says.

"Alabama has really impressed me," he said. "I was expecting LSU to do well, but Alabama beat Arkansas and almost beat Georgia. I guess Nick Saban has really turned things around over there. I don't think they even thought they'd improve as quickly as they have and they'll get even better next year."

One thing that Edwards says may have made a real difference for Alabama is their improved strength and conditioning program. "You can tell they are just fourth quarter ready this year," Edwards said.

Although the Tide have surprised Edwards with their early season success, LSU has also impressed him with their dominance. "They are unstoppable right now," he said. "They have so much talent on that team that I never doubted that they wouldn't do well. They have great coaches and I think if they get past Florida this weekend (Oct. 6) they'll win it all.

"The LSU/Florida game is gonna be great," he said. "It's been a crazy year so far, so anything can happen. If Florida comes in prepared they can definitely win it."

The only official visit that Edwards has set so far is to Nebraska on Oct. 20. "Nebraska has been recruiting me for a long time and have been on me hard the whole time," Edwards said. "They said I could play H-back there and do a little bit of everything…some blocking, running the ball, catching."

While Edwards does have the Huskers in his top six, he admits to not having seen them play much this season. "Honestly I haven't really been paying too much attention to them this season," he said. "I've really been too busy watching LSU, Alabama, Florida and Miami play. I try to catch all the highlights and scores though."

The 'Canes are another school on Edwards' list that he's keeping an eye on. "They are looking pretty good so far," he said. "I like the new coaches a lot and I think they'll keep improving. They have a lot of talent."

Although Edwards says that Alabama has impressed him the most this season, he says the player that stands out in his mind is Darren McFadden from Arkansas. "He's just doing his thing," Edward said. "He's awesome. The only game I saw of theirs was against Alabama and they lost but he still did great."

Edwards says he plans to take his time before making an official visit. "I think I'll take one other trip during the season and then the rest after our season."

He reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 22 ACT.

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