A normal day for a high school student can be pretty
busy, but it wasn’t too busy for Daingerfield linebacker Steve Edmond to make
an important phone call earlier this afternoon.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound wrecking ball phoned Texas head
coach Mack Brown and defensive coordinator Will Muschamp to let them know he is
coming on board as commit No. 14 in Texas’ 2011 recruiting class, according to
David Smoak of Smoaky.com.
The No. 9-ranked prospect in the Inside Texas 2011 Top 100, Edmond was offered by the Longhorns during Texas’ first Junior Day back on Feb. 13 and
he made a visit to Oklahoma over the weekend for the Sooners’ first Junior Day.
After visiting what were perceived to be his top two schools, Edmond picked the
Longhorns on Tuesday.
Daingerfield head coach Barry Bowman told Smoak that
Edmond was excited while he was on the phone with the Texas coaches.
"I'm ready to be a Longhorn, but I gotta finish being a Tiger
first,” said Edmond, according to Bowman. Bowman told Smoak Edmond committed
and then raced to his next class.
Edmond is now set to be a Longhorn along with his prep teammate Chris
Jones, a four-star ESPNU 150 wide receiver who signed with Texas earlier this
month. Edmond and Jones helped Bowman’s Tigers win their second straight Class
2A state championship having posted a 30-2 record over the 2008 and 2009
Edmond was selected as the district’s defensive player of the year and
was also named as the 2009 All-Smoaky.com Defensive Player of the Year, which
goes to the top defensive player in East Texas. Edmond finished his junior
season with 182 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, five sacks, seven forced fumbles,
seven fumble recoveries, five interceptions, two pass breakups and a defensive
touchdown for the 15-1 Tigers.
Baylor, Houston, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas A&M all offered Edmond. Edmond
becomes the second linebacker commit for the Longhorns in the 2011 class
joining Cedar Park’s Chet Moss.
Edmond is also to
fourth commit for the Longhorns ranked in the top ten of the Inside Texas 2011
Top 100 joining Spring Westfield defensive tackle Desmond Jackson (No. 2),
South Houston cornerback Leroy Scott (No. 7) and Brownwood wide receiver Jaxon
Shipley (No. 10).