Edwards was “all smiles” when the Florida Gators visited him

The Florida Gators coaching staff is out on the road for the second straight week visiting prospects during the evaluation period and that continued on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, running backs coach Greg Knox visited defensive tackle Montra Edwards (6-2, 282, Lexington, MS. Holmes County Central) and talked with the defensive lineman later on Wednesday.

“Coach Knox came by to see me at practice,” Edwards said. “We couldn’t talk during the visit but we got talk after he left. He was just telling me about the program and everything and that I had a committable offer there. They want me to come in the summer and work out with the defensive line coach.”

This was the first time for Florida to visit Edwards but the defensive lineman is familiar with Knox already and was glad to see the Gators coach in Mississippi.

“It was a real good feeling,” he said of seeing Florida at his practice. “I really couldn’t stop smiling, it was real good seeing Coach Knox. He was at Mississippi State at one point in time so it was good to see him again. He’s a real stand-up guy and I would love to play for him.”

Edwards has mainly been talking to defensive line coach David Turner since he picked up the offer from Florida earlier this spring.

“I’ve been talking to Coach [David] Turner more than I’ve been talking to anybody,” Edwards said. “Coach Turner just talk to me on a regular basis and says that I come in and be a household name and I have the complete package to help bring them another national championship.”

Turner has explained to Edwards just how he could fit into what Florida does on defense if he chooses the Gators for college.

“He tells me that I have the tools to be a complete package,” he said on how Turner sees him fitting into the defense. “He sees me playing inside at defensive tackle and moving around a little bit.”

Edwards is no stranger to Turner and Knox as he grew up watching those guys and getting to know them as people and coaches.

“My dad was a defensive coordinator in Mississippi and he had a kid go to State and Coach Turner actually coached him,” Edwards said on his relationship with the coaching staff. “I kind of got close to Coach Turner as I was growing up and I’ve known Coach Turner for awhile now. I’ve known Coach Knox for awhile now too because he coached a kid that also played for my dad.”

The defensive lineman has over 20 offers already but he says having an offer from Florida is a special one to him.

“It’s Florida at the end of the day, to say you have a committable offer from Florida is very appealing,” he said on his interest in Florida. “Growing up watching Tim Tebow, that’s something that’s very appealing to me.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Edwards says he plans to visit Florida this summer as he wants to work out with Coach Turner and meet with Coach Mullen.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.