One of the standout performers at the Mark Richt Camp on Saturday earned a coveted in-state offer from the University of Georgia, and he wasted little time in accepting the hard-earned scholarship.
Offensive lineman Jake Edwards (Franklin, Ga./Heard Co.) came into Saturday’s camp with double-digit offers, but after dominating several BCS-caliber defensive linemen in front of assistant coach Will Friend, he got the news he had been hoping for all along.
“Georgia offered me, and I committed to them as well,” Edwards said. “I really love it there and I like all of the coaches. They have a great atmosphere, history and I have been a Georgia fan all of my life, so I wanted to keep it going.”
Edwards, who measured in at 6-foot-4, 282 pounds at the camp, was hoping he could do enough on Saturday to get the offer. When he saw the offensive coordinator walk over to watch him, Edwards knew he was close to achieving his goal.
“I could not hear what Coach Bobo was saying, but I was thinking if I keep on doing well, my dreams could come true and I could get that offer,” Edwards said. “Then at the end they asked me to walk up to the coaches’ office, and I was thinking it might happen. Then it did. I felt like I was in a dream and I was speechless. I am very blessed to be in this position.”
Edwards was told by Mark Richt he had a scholarship to play offensive tackle or guard, depending on what they needed at the time. Richt wanted to go ahead and seal the deal before other schools got Edwards on campus, and he succeeded in his push to add the versatile lineman.
“We were in Coach Richt’s office and he offered me to play both positions," Edwards said, "and when we went to talk with Coach Friend, he spoke with my mom to give her the news. When we came back to his office he said that now I do not have to go to anymore camps so I might as well go ahead and commit. I said I just might and he said well go ahead then and do it, so I went ahead and committed.”
While Edwards had planned on camping at Alabama next, he says that is no longer needed. He did not hold back from expressing his excitement for having the opportunity to play "between the hedges."
“It feels great to be committed to Georgia,” Edwards said. “I never thought it this dream would come true and I never thought I would be able to do this, but it happened and I cannot wait to be up there.”
Edwards gives Georgia seven commitments for the 2014 class, four of whom are prospects in the Peach State. He is the first offensive lineman to pick the Bulldogs, but they lead for others such as Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) and ESPN 150 prospect Isaiah Wynn (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood).