Player Primer: Andrew Edgar
I spoke with St. Patrick’s highly underrated wideout Andrew Edgar on his work in practice, goals for this season, and a possible commitment coming soon?
You can check out my article profiling Edgar as one of the most underrated players in the state HERE.
Photo Credits: Tom Hauck – Student Sports
Wt: 170 lbs
Commitment status: Undecided
LPI: What were the most important things you did this offseason and are now doing in practice so you can improve this season?
AE: This past offseason, I started working out at Flahives Advanced Strength Training. My buddy Michael Valdez, who plays at Notre Dame, recommended the place to me and I’ve been there ever since. All of the staff at Flahives went to Notre Dame so I know them well. I really improved my game all around while training there. I lowered my 40 time, increased my bench, squat and power clean. I’m also always on the practice field with our QB Anthony Mazzenga at least a couple days a week to just work on our chemistry and get those extra reps in. This is Anthony’s 1st year starting on varsity so I wanted to make sure he was confident stepping in as a senior.
LPI: Where have you camped/showcased at this summer?
AE: Illinois satellite camp at Gately stadium, Lake Park satellite camp, Northwestern, North Dakota State, southern Illinois, and Illinois State.
LPI: Which camps do you think you stood out at the most at and why?
AE: They all went very well, but I think North Dakota State went the best. I really don’t think I lost more than 1 one on 1 rep there and I got a lot of positive feedback back from the coaches as well. They are waiting out to see what I do early this season before proceeding.
LPI: Were you on any 7on7 teams this year? If so, how did it go for you?
AE: I played with Top Gun with coach Scott Hoffman. I’ve been with him since my freshman year and has helped me grow tremendously as a player on and off the field. Playing 7on7 is really great because you get to play against some great competition. We always went up against the best of the best like Midwest BOOM and HEROH. I’m lucky to have played 7on7 with some really good players like Jonathan Gladstone, Tommy Herion, Jared Drake, Michael Valdez, Jack Moran, Shelby Benn and Sheldun Benn, and Josh Babicz to name a few.
LPI: Offer or not, which schools have you kept in contact with the most?
AE: Right now I keep in contact with North Dakota State and Illinois State as well as a few other FCS schools. All are great programs and great schools.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any visits coming up?
AE: I visited Illinois State and North Dakota State when I camped there. I also visited Valpo in July. If North Dakota State or Illinois State offered me right now I’d be very tempted to commit right away as I really like both of those schools. I would have to consider all my options, but it would be very hard to pass up an offer like that if it came to me.
LPI: What’re your personal goals for this season?
AE: Before the season I set out to get 75 receptions for 1,000 yards and 10 TDs. I know you asked personal goals, but to be honest, my main goal is to make the playoffs. I just want to help my team and get back there this year since we haven’t made it since my freshman year.
LPI: You’re fresh off a 8 reception, 146 yard, 4 touchdown game against a solid St. Rita team. Have you ever had a game like that before? Should college coaches expect more of those games this season?
AE: I’m really not trying to brag, but with the work I’ve put in this offseason and the potential we have on offense, I really believe more of those types of games are going to be in my future. We have so many weapons at WR and RB that it’s so tough to cover us.
LPI: You guys finished last year with a record of 3-6. What are you and your team focusing on more this year to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013?
AE: #1 thing is definitely finishing in the 2nd half of games. We lost 3 games last year against Benet, Carmel, and Notre Dame in the 4th quarter. Specifically, we have to tackle better and improve our overall defense. Our defense really worked on that this past offseason and early this season so I think we will be much improved in that area this year.
LPI: You’re sitting on one D1 offer from Valparaiso right now. What are your greatest strengths or why should a school offer you?
AE: My greatest strengths are work ethic, hands and initial quickness off the line. I’m not the biggest or the fastest receiver (4.55 40), but I profile well into the slot.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates that you believe have a chance to play at the next level?
Jonathan Hamilton: He’s big (6’2” 225lbs), strong hands, and has a big body that helps him battle for balls against DB’s. He’s really one of those guys that just gets the job done when you need it. He can block very well too.
Paddy Byrne: He didn’t have a chance to play last year as he came down with mono. He plays the slot and RB for us. He’s a great athlete, we get him in space on jet sweeps to use his speed. He’s got good hands and plays safety for us too. He’s really just a great overall athlete.
Mike Valicento: Great athlete. Plays corner for us but I definitely can see him playing safety in college. Really tough kid and has great ball skills.