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Florida State picks up legacy defensive end

Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:03 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2011 9:06 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's rare for Texas kids to leave the state, especially when Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns come to recruit you. It's hard to blink an eye however, when Denton (Texas) defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. committed to Florida State Tuesday evening.

After all, his father was a starting cornerback for the Seminoles in the 90's and in the younger Edwards' recruitment, it appears blood is thicker than water.

“He committed today,” said Mario Edwards Sr. told “It was a family vibe and when he got here, he said it felt like a family for him. When he walked into the (Coyle E.) Moore Center, he realized the tradition that FSU has with top defensive ends and wanted to be a part of it.”

The 6-foot-4, 270 pound Edwards Jr. is yet another big defensive end to head to Tallahassee. He took an unofficial visit this past weekend but even his father was caught off guard by the decision to commit so early in the process.

"To be honest with you, I didn’t know he was going to commit when he came,” Edwards Sr. told the website. “I had no idea. He actually wasn’t planning on committing to anybody until after his senior year but things change. Plans change. Lawrence Dawsey did a great job of recruiting him and making him feel at home. He’s not the number one recruiter in the ACC for nothing.”

MaxPreps' Senior Writer Stephen Spiewak says Edwards Jr. displays supreme athleticism and quickness on the outside pass rush but was also strong enough to shed blocks and make tackles. He held offers from Auburn, Baylor, Georgia, Notre Dame, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M.

In addition to giving Jimbo Fisher one of the top defensive players in the country, Edwards becomes the seventh commitment for the Seminoles class of 2012.

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