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2015 Watch List FS Ben Edwards, Trinity Christian Acad. (FL)

2015 Watch List FS Ben Edwards (6’0, 192, 4.59) of Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida posted 39 tackles and two pass deflections in last season. He’s a punishing hitter and is a feared presence playing center field in the secondary.

North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Indiana, Penn St., Louisville, and East Carolina are several programs that have offered. There’s a few more. Florida is showing me a lot of attention, and I hear from Miami and FSU occasionally.”

Of his 19 offers, Edwards told Varsity Preps he likes Auburn, North Carolina, and Georgia Tech. “The coaches at Auburn are really cool, the coaches have told me things about their program I really like. I will be paying them a visit this summer.

“I attended a spring practice at Georgia Tech, got to meet a few of the coaches and players. It’s like family there, I really enjoyed my visit.

“The North Carolina staff really liked my film, so they offered. UNC is one of my top schools right now.”

Edwards played 7-on-7 football this spring for Pro Impact, a team based in Jacksonville. He spoke about how 7-on-7 football helped sharpen his skills. “I think the speed of 7-on-7 is faster than regular games with pads. There’s a lot future BCS players out there and it really helped me improve by taking numerous reps against very good competition.”

Trinity Christian’s physical safety talked about what will be important in his decision making process when deciding which program to play for. “It’s really going to depend on the coaching staff. I want to feel confident in the coaches I play for,” he said. “Early playing time will be a factor; I’m looking for some time as a true freshman. I’d also like to go to a school that has nice, comfortable facilities and a defensive scheme that fits my abilities.”

The plan for Edwards is to get a head start on his college football career. “I’d like to graduate in December of my senior season so I can enroll early and participate in spring practice.”

With Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and Auburn leading the pack to land the talented prospect, Edwards want to end his recruitment in three-to-four months. “I’m looking to have a decision made by mid-season and be among the first verbal commitments for my school in the 2015 class.”

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— Michael Bradley

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