Mario Edwards, Jr. one of the top players in Texas has committed to the Florida State Seminoles. Edwards, Jr. plays for Denton Ryan HS. Standing 6'4" and weighing about 275 pounds, Edwards, Jr. is an enormous defensive end and one of the most highly sought after players in the county. FSU had a key in with Edwards, Jr. in his dad, Mario Edwards, who played for the Seminoles during the dynasty years. Dad was a defensive back, and son insists he will stay at defensive end. That's commensurate with what FSU is thought to be looking for at the defensive end position-- size.
Edwards will likely be a five star or a high four star on all the major recruiting services. He holds offers from most major schools in the country. He is pretty sound technically and very strong. Edwards is a kid who is a candidate to play immediately, as long as he loses some baby fat and gains some explosiveness. Florida State now has three commitments at defensive end. The 'Noles will take zero or one more at the position.
Here are some highlights of this huge pickup.
Florida State, which already has the #1 class of 2011, is likely to bring in an equally talented class in 2012, though it will probably be smaller in number. Florida State continues to do an excellent job identifying targets quickly and landing them early. Edwards, Jr. is the seventh commitment of the 2012 class. The others are Dalvon Stuckey (6'3" 295lb DT), Delmarick "Mario" Pender (elite RB), P.J. Williams (excellent DB), and Dante Fowler, Jr. (excellent defensive end), Chris Casher(excellent defensive end), and Roberto Aguayo (kicker). All six position players are in the early top-150 rankings. Florida State already has good talent. With the 2011 and 2012 classes, however, it is about to have great talent.