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Hampton receiver Edwards earns spot on prospect list

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 11:26 p.m.
 

Running crisp routes, making game-changing catches and fighting for yards after the catch are just some of the ways Hampton receiver Eddie Edwards has made a big name for himself in the realm of high school football.

Edwards is not just a self-proclaimed talent: He has been garnering big-time attention since he was an eighth-grader with invites to camps and games.

Now, heading into his senior season at Hampton, the speedy receiver may be running some shorter routes as he could be taking snaps from under center.

“I know I am known as a receiver, but I could be a quarterback this season,” Edwards said. “We had some guys not come back, and coach (Jacque) DeMatteo seemed to like what I could do.”

Edwards said he most likely will play slot receiver or defensive back, but he will play a different position as long as it helps the team.

“I am just excited to play football,” Edwards said. “I have been playing football since I was 10 years old, and it is a great feeling to play in front of the crowd on Friday night. I get excited.”

Edwards said he was blessed with good speed and hands, but he worked hard on being the best route runner he could be. He runs drills, sprints and distance to improve his speed but said cone drills agility ladders and running hundreds of routes have paid off, too.

“Colleges are looking at speed, and I am not a burner. I am in the 4.5 range, but I am working on that, too,” Edwards said. “They want to see agility and yards after the catch, so I will be doing more running.”

Edwards said he caught 33 passes for 700 yards and scored a touchdown last year, noting a five-catch, 160-yard evening against Franklin Regional as a highlight.

Edwards is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound player who has been touted as not afraid to go across the middle and will work his way back to the quarterback when a play breaks down.

For all he has done and has the chance to do, Edwards was named to the Pennsylvania High School Football prospect list for the 2013-14 season. The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association in conjunction with the Big 33 Classic compiles the list.

Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or jeclark@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


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