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Prospect watch: Imani Christian's Brendan Edwards backs up the talk

| Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, 9:09 p.m.
Imani Christian Academy's Brendan Edwards runs the ball during offense practice on Thursday August 16, 2012. Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review

BRENDAN EDWARDS

5-foot-9, 165 pounds, WR-DB, Imani Christian

Brendan Edwards has yet to play in a WPIAL game but already believes he is one of the top cover corners in Western Pennsylvania. And he isn't shy about saying so.

Edwards showed a tendency in 7-on-7 camps to not only talk trash but back it up by shutting down receivers.

“It is because most corners think they have to be quiet to play the game,” Edwards said, “but once you talk and get in their head, that's a gift. That's one of the best things right there. People say I should tone it down, but they don't understand.

“When it's time to play, we're going to get down.”

Edwards is drawing interest from Arizona, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Temple, West Virginia and Mid-American Conference schools, as well as Youngstown State.

“This kid is flying under the radar, but he's one of the best players in this area,” Imani Christian coach Harvey Smith said. “If the kid was 6-foot, there is no question he'd be the best corner in the state. He's the perfect combination of quickness and flat-out footspeed.”

After playing at Perry as a freshman and sophomore, Edwards transferred to Imani Christian for his junior season. The Saints will play in the Black Hills Conference, and Edwards is looking forward to playing against Division I prospects, such as Monessen's Chavas Rawlins; Clairton's Tyler Boyd, Titus Howard and Terrish Webb; and Brentwood's Mike Kish.

“I can't wait,” Edwards said. “We're here now. We've got to put up or shut up. We're ready.”

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