Syracuse, N.Y. — On Saturday afternoon, Miramar (Fla.) High School defensive back Brian Edwards put Syracuse in his Top 5.
That evening, he clarified that the Orange was his No. 1 school via Twitter direct message and the other four (Miami, Louisville, North Carolina and Kentucky) were listed in order of interest.
“The coaches are great and academic wise they are No. 1 in communications,” Edwards said of Syracuse.
The 6-foot-3, 187-pound Miramar (Fla.) High School junior is rated three stars and the No. 34 cornerback in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. He visited SU Monday-Wednesday and is being recruited by secondary coach Nick Monroe as a versatile defensive back who can line up at corner or safety, Edwards said.
Edwards holds offers from each program in his Top 5 along Clemson and USC, among others, per 247Sports.com. He’s also planning to visit Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech in April with high hopes of receiving additional offers.
Having committed to Louisville in December 2014 and decommitting last year because he “was young,” Edwards said he won’t be rushing into another commitment.
“It was crazy and just made me know not to commit again and just go through the recruiting process,” Edwards said.
While a commitment doesn’t sound imminent, Edwards said he could see himself fitting in with the team at Syracuse. He spent time with freshman running back/inside receiver Moe Neal and called him a “big brother.”
Edwards also knows redshirt junior wide receiver Sean Avant, a Miramar product, and looked forward to watching SU’s Pro Day on Wednesday.
“It was, ‘Wow,’ to me,” Edwards said, “just picturing myself there in 4 years.”
The Orange currently has two Class of 2017 pledges in Buffalo outside linebacker/safety Isaiah McDuffie and Florida wide receiver Daewood Davis, both of whom committed before Dino Babers replaced Scott Shafer as Syracuse’s head coach.
Babers understands that early commitments — 2017 prospects won’t be able to sign binding national letters of intent until next February — are part of recruiting.
He spoke to the process of hanging on to early pledges after practice on Tuesday.
Said Babers: “If you get early commitments, then you’ve got to hold onto them. And what happens is you get teams that evaluate personnel like we do — we think we know what we’re doing — so by getting early commitments, that just identifies to other people that Syracuse really likes him and yadda, yadda, yadda. Now we’ve got to hold on to them and they’re normally trying to find a way to steal him late.
“It doesn’t matter to us whether they commit early or late. Just as long as they commit and we think they’re good enough to play.”