Nov 30, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster (left) talks to his players against the Virginia Cavaliers in the third quarter at Scott Stadium. The Hokies won 16-6. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies have had some very talented families come through the program and the latest family seems to be the Edmunds. Trey Edmunds had a very productive 2013 season as the Hokies’ starting running back while his brother Terrell Edmunds will be joining the Hokies this fall as a member of the Hokies’ Class of 2014. Meanwhile, there might just be another Edmunds heading to Blacksburg next fall.
Tremaine Edmunds is an outside linebacker from from Dan River High School in Ringgold, Virginia and the brother of Trey and Terrell Edmunds. Edmunds is seen as a three-star by 247 Sports and ESPN while Rivals has him as a four-star recruit and ranks him as the country 217th best player.
Among outside linebacker recruits, Edmunds is ranked as the 29th best OLB by the 247 Sports Composite, the 41st best by ESPN, and the 15th best by Rivals. Within the state of Virginia, Edmunds is ranked as the 15th best recruit by the 247 Sports Composite, the 26th best by ESPN, and the 11th best by Rivals.
One of the biggest things with Tremaine Edmunds is the upside he has with his very good frame at 6-3 and somewhere between 205 and 215 pounds. 247 Sports also lists Edmunds as having good instincts and the national interest in Edmunds might be a sign of many programs being intrigued by his potential.
Tomorrow, Tremaine Edmunds will announce his college decision and the Hokies are hoping he joins his brothers in Blacksburg.
The battle for Edmunds is down to for with the Hokies being the favorites and the three other programs being Maryland, USC, and Wake Forest. Wake Forest is definitely the longshot but the Deamon Deacons definitely has a chance as Edmunds could get a lot of early playing time for them. Maryland would give Edmunds the chance to play in the Big 10 instead of the ACC but that might actually be a disadvantage.
USC seems like potentially the biggest threat as the Trojans still have a lot of national power despite the fact that the Trojans have had some struggles the past few seasons. USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is the primary recruiter for Edmunds and that proves how badly that USC wants Edmunds. The Trojans still have a lot of national power and a history of producing tons of talented linebackers that have gone on to have success in the NFL.
However, the Hokies are definietly the favorites for Tremaine Edmunds, and have had Cornell Brown and Bud Foster both recruiting Edmunds hard. The Hokies have also produced plenty of NFL linebackers in the past with Jack Tyler being the latest despite going undrafted. The Hokies know how to develop players, especially those with good instincts and Edmunds seems to fit that mold.
It isn’t a guarantee that the Hokies will get Tremaine Edmunds but Virginia Tech is definitely the favorite and my prediction is that there will be three Edmunds’ brothers either in Blacksburg or committed to the Hokies by tomorrow night.