November 10, 2009

Daingerfield LB might be East Texas' best in 2011

When a discussion of Texas' top high school football talent takes place each season, it's as important to identify and include the top prospects in East Texas as any other region in the state. You can have your Metroplex or Greater Houston Area, but if you ask any college coach around the state, he'll tell you that there's no deeper region in the state when it comes to top-end, high-upside athlete as East Texas.

As it relates to the top prospects from the area in 2011, there might not be anyone that's generating as much buzz this season as Daingerfield linebacker Steve Edmond.

"I've seen all of the best players in East Texas this season and he's the best junior in the region," one Big 12 recruiter said last month about the 6-3, 235-pound Edmond. "He's another one of those kids that has all of the size, athleticism and tools. He can be a great college player."

In talking with Edmond this week as he prepares for Daingerfield's opening-round playoff match-up with New Diana, it's clear that's his ascent to the top of the junior rankings isn't a matter of rocket science.

"I just worked hard in the off-season every day to get better," Edmond said. "I'm playing middle linebacker right now and the season has been great."

When asked what his strengths as a player are at this stage of his development, Edmond stressed an attacking mindset.

"I'm at my best when I'm running through the A gaps and getting to the running back before he get up-field," Edmond, who is projected by many as a defensive end at the next level, said.

As far as recruiting is concerned, Edmond picked up his first offer last week.

"Houston offered me last Thursday," Edmond said. "I was surprised that they offered because it came in the mail and I thought I would have to talk to the coaches first. I wasn't sure at first that it was a real offer."

Although he camped at Houston this summer and visited the Longhorns back in April with several of his teammates, Edmond currently lists another in-state school as an early favorite.

"TCU is always a school that I've always liked," Edmond said.

As far as the Texas Longhorns are concerned, they haven't been as active as a number of other in-state schools.

"I haven't gotten anything from them," Edmond said.

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