The long saga of by Dylan Edwards The recruiting finally crossed the line when the legacy queue officially revealed a future with Kansas State on Thursday afternoon.
A legacy product like the ex’s son Bill Snyder running back Leon Edwards, Derby High School talent is believed to be among the Wildcats’ most prized possessions in the class of 2023 since he was just a sophomore. Since then, the 5-foot-9 speedster has become a potential four-star customer and considered one of the top 30 players nationwide in his position.
First emerging on the recruiting scene as a freshman on the 2019 Panthers state champions team, a year in which his inaugural varsity campaign ended with a grounded average of 6.98, Edwards’ progression brought the same rapid rise in its recruitment. After a 1,800-yard season in the second year, K-State became his first scholarship offer of any kind when Chris Klieman telephoned the news on 2 December 2020.
“On the pitch, he only has ‘lo’ and always has since he started coming to campus in second grade,” Derby coach and K-State alum Brandon Clark he told GPC in August 2020. “Dylan is always happy and I love him; he has a great attitude.”
Just over a year and 2,704 yards of total attack later, Edwards was not only named the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior, but he was also heading into the off-season with a long list of suitors. In all, Edwards would have collected over 30 major offerings including those from Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Oregon, Purdue, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, but eventually narrowed down his favorites to K-State, Nebraska. and Oklahoma.
Presumably a K-State block early, Brent Venables rental in Oklahoma rocked the charts. The Sooners were considered a 165-pound dream school and their offering carried significant weight, but the Wildcats never gave up.
“I’m a state boy and I’m not averse to staying at home,” Edwards told 247 Sports in one of his many interviews this spring. “K-State was great and what they do with Deuce Vaughn it is even bigger ».
Taking official visits to Lincoln, Norman and Manhattan as they enter the summer, Oklahoma’s position in 2023 takes over Kalib Hicks And Chapman McKown created a definite opportunity for the Wildcats to hit and Brian Anderson and the company did so on the weekend of June 17th. The prospective client in the state left campus feeling the most wanted by K-State and completely comfortable and confident that K-State was the best place – and may always have been the best place – for his career to continue. .
“Surely the culture has changed [with K-State]”Edwards told GPC in April.” My relationship with every staff manager has also changed. I’ve built a great relationship with every staff coach there. “
Now the four-star composite will have a chance to wow those coaches more and energize an angry fan base grateful to keep him at home. As 247 national analyst Allen Trieu he says, the all-purpose machine has elements in its game that you simply can’t teach.
“Edwards was a thunderbolt in the drills,” the scout said after this spring’s UC Report Camp in Kansas City. “That suddenness and speed then made it difficult for linebackers to cover in one-on-one. He made a capture of highlights and earned an invitation to the Under Armor All-America Game.”
Following in his father’s footsteps makes this commitment even more special for the Edwards family, as the two can now experience purple pride as one and help build the 2023 class in the same behemoth Snyder was putting together in the early 1990s.
“Being biased with K-State, I bleed purple, so that’s where I lean on,” Leon said GPC in the summer of 2020.
“This is my hero, this is my best friend,” Dylan said at the same time. “He is like a brother to me, not really my father. He tells me everything I need to know and helps me in life. I really thank him ”.