January 8, 2008

Tide still pursuing LA star

A quick look at the active Alabama recruiting board for the 2008 signing class doesn't show a whole lot of names remaining, but the majority of those that are still on the board are located in the defensive line unit. One of the most athletic big men that the Tide is still recruiting is Desire Street Academy's Lavar Edwards.

Edwards, 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, is a quick enough athlete that he saw time primarily at tight end and fullback for a Desire Street team that was one win away from a state championship appearance in 2007. Edwards has consistent 4.9 to 5.0 40-yard dash speed.

"He is a big kid that can run and I haven't coached too many of those types so I don't have anyone to compare him to," said Edwards's prep coach Mickey Joseph, a former option quarterback at Nebraska in the late 80's. "I never coached guys like Marcus Spears or Glenn Dorsey but a lot of people that have watched those guys closely in their careers say that Lavar has similar characteristics."

Edwards has already taken his official visit to the Capstone in December and has also visited Oklahoma and Tennessee. Following his trip to Tuscaloosa, Edwards ranked the visit an "8."

Is Alabama still in it for Edwards and has the jumbo athlete come up with a timetable for a decision yet?

"Alabama is definitely still in it and I hear from their coaches pretty regularly," said Joseph. "He had a real good visit and had nothing but positive things to say about the trip. He has also visited Oklahoma and Tennessee and had a good time on those visits as well.

"He has two more officials to take. North Carolina has recently offered him and he has to schedule something with them soon. He is going to visit LSU the last weekend before Signing Day. No one stands out right now. He is taking his time with it and thinking things through because this is a big decision. Right now it looks like he will decide on Signing Day."

Edwards is the 30th-ranked player in the state of Louisiana and the 42nd ranked defensive end nationally.

Edwards bench-presses 305 pounds and has a 27-inch vertical.

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