Tyler Edwards could be the piece of the puzzle that Nebraska has tried to get the past two years. The 6-foot-4 and 238-pound tight end from Monroe (La.) Ouachita Parish is happy to be back on the field.
"It feels great," Edwards said. "It feels great to be back out on the field after working so hard this summer. It feels good to be hitting people."
"I was trying to work on my speed the most this summer. There is a guy that is my town that works with high school players. We worked on my agility and I worked with my strength coach."
Edwards thinks that the hard work this summer is going to pay off. He has seen immediate results in his game. "I think that I achieved them. I think that I got a lot faster and a lot stronger."
Edwards says that there is one key aspect to his game, but that he is becoming a more well-rounded player. He is getting a lot of help from his brother, and current Washington Redskin, Eric Edwards.
"Probably, my blocking and my brother has helped me with my game all the way around. He's been through what I have been through and he's helped me through his experiences."
The month of August got a little quieter for recruits when the NCAA did away with text messaging. Edwards, for one, appreciated the more as it got to be a little over-whelming at times.
"I am glad that they did it, because I was getting so many text messages a day that I was getting sick of it. I got a lot more letters when they couldn't text and a lot of emails."
Edwards only knows the ballpark for his offer total. His top five is a little different. He has his list of offers trimmed to a solid, top five. "I know that it's around 25 or so. I have a top five that is LSU, Alabama, Miami, Florida and Nebraska."
This summer led Edwards on some unofficial visits to all of the schools in his top five, but one. That one, was an addition to a list that was originally set to just be four, but their persistence paid off.
"I took unofficial visits to LSU, Alabama, Miami and Florida. I already had my top four, but the only school that kept after me was Nebraska. I could tell that they wanted me."
The Cornhuskers, geographically speaking, are a lot different than the other schools on Edwards' list, but that doesn't matter a lot to Edwards. "I am not really worried about location. I just want to go to the best place for me and a place that offers me early playing time."
Edwards will be focusing on some key things when it comes to making his decision. "Really the atmosphere; the campus, the people, the coaches and really the environment. I will also be looking at early playing time. Just how I feel about everything."
The Huskers effort was headed up by the new tight end coach. Edwards is well aware of the proud tradition that Nebraska has and he has confidence in the staff that is in Lincoln and where the program is headed.
"I really spoke to Coach Joe Rudolph the most from Nebraska. I know that they have a great tradition of winning. I think that with the coaches that they have that they will turn the program around."
Edwards hasn't set any official visits yet, bit he is looking at taking a couple during the season and the others will be later. Each team in his top five will get an official visit.
"I don't have any official visits set, yet. I am going to try and take a couple of them during the season and a few more after them. The top five list will get an official visit to each school."