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Sacred Heart Griffin’s (IL) 2019 LB/DE Grant Edwards updated me on schools showing the most interest in him. I also got head coach Ken Leonard’s thoughts on Edwards on and off the field.
Sacred Heart Griffin
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 235 lbs
LPI: Do you play any other sports in the offseason or 7on7?
GE: Yes, I’ve been wrestling since I was 5 years old and I compete in Track & Field. When I am not competing in another sport, I really enjoy strength training, speed and agility work.
LPI: Do you have any offers at the moment? What schools have shown serious interest in you or may be close to offering?
GE: I do not have any offers yet. I am in daily or weekly contact with quite a few great D1 and Ivy League Coaches. I feel pretty confident that I will have a great summer camp tour with the schools that I am the most interested in. The college coaches don’t really know if I am a DE, Linebacker, or both. I just plan on going to camps, winning every competition they put me in front of, and the coaches can determine if I am a good fit for their program and where I fit into their defensive scheme. The schools that I am in contact with the most are… The University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Princeton, Western Michigan University, Ball State, Brown, Air Force Academy, Central Michigan University, Cornell, Holy Cross, Eastern Michigan, Indiana State University, Eastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, University of Illinois, Northern Arizona University, University of California, Valparaiso University, Minnesota, and North Dakota.
LPI: Have you visited anywhere recently or do you have any planned visits coming up? If so, where at and when?
GE: Yes, I’m coming off of some great Junior Day visits with Ball State, Central Michigan, and Western Michigan. I plan on going to visit Northern Illinois and Eastern Illinois for their spring games, and I’m really excited that I’ve been invited back to Central Michigan for their Spring Game. I’ll try to work in as many as I can around a busy spring track & field indoor and outdoor schedule.
LPI: What do you want to major in college?
GE: I will probably go into a combination of business and medical sciences. I’d like to be a Dentist, Orthodontist or Physician Assistant.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
GE: I am very lucky to be surrounded by great teammates. Most of the guys in my class have been together since 4th grade and we are going to win a state title together this year. Matt Brenneisen (LB) and Nick Broeker (OL) are great football players and they already have D1 offers. I have a bunch of friends that could play college football at some level on Saturdays.
Barrett Kraft (OL/DL) – One of the best OL in the CS8 conference, if not the state of IL. He’s reliable, can play every position across the front, he is one of the strongest guys on the team, and he’s a warrior.
Dom Capecci (LB)– Great all around football player that can play any position for us. Dom had a really good Junior year and I think he’s going be one of the top tacklers in the conference.
Sam Sweetland (QB)– Sam has been my QB since 4th grade and he knows how to win. He’s got the best arm in the CS8 and the college coaches are going to find that out this summer at the camps we go to.
Charlie Hamilton (WR/CB)– Charlie catches everything Sam throws his way. It doesn’t matter if the ball is 2 inches off the ground or 11 feet above the turf Charlie is going to catch it and get yards for us after the catch.
Joey Milbrandt (RB/LB)– Joey and I started in the State Championship game vs. Prairie Ridge as Sophomores. Joey had a great year for us last year on defense and he will also play some offense for us this season No matter where Joey is on the field, you will know it, because he will hit you on offense and hit you on defense.
Nick Deaner (OL/DL)– Nick is another lifting partner of mine and he’s worked very hard to become one of the strongest guys on the team. Nick is a guy that can play any position on the OL and DL and he does whatever we need him to do. He started for us last year and he’s going to be an All-Conference lineman for us.
Some other guys on the team who had solid junior seasons are Jake Fahey (LB) and JT McMann (DL). So be on the lookout for those guys as seniors.
Sacred Heart head coach Ken Leonard on Edwards on and off the field
“Grant is a leader for us and a great kid off the field. He’s about 6’1″ 235lbs and will play linebacker and fullback for us this year. I think he’s going to surprise people this year and have a big senior season.”