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DT target backs off pledge to Missouri

Last week, we talked about how it was vital for Florida State to finish with two defensive tackles in the class of 2020. The Seminoles already have one DT committed in Emanuel Rogers while focusing on pursuing three-star Jeffrey M’Ba and three-star Damarjhe Lewis after Montra Edwards committed to Missouri on Tuesday, August 13. Now, just five days later, Edwards is back on the board after backing off of his pledge from the Tigers on Sunday. Along with decommitting, he also announced a top-six of FSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Maryland.

Edwards potentially becomes the top remaining interior defensive lineman on the recruiting board following the swift change in his recruitment. His physicality and explosion off the ball should suit him well at the next level. M’Ba has potential academic concerns that could make him a non-qualifier due to being from overseas. He’s still in the process of getting that in order and it might be better to focus on other targets until he does. Lewis is a versatile lineman who the ‘Noles need to focus on getting to campus during the season.

There’s a lot to like about the Mississippi native. He still has room to grow on his 6-foot-3, 293-pound frame with added weight and strength in college. Edwards is explosive off of the line of scrimmage and does a great job of using his eyes to read the play before attacking. Naturally reads plays in the backfield. Solid tackler. Despite his explosion off of the LOS, he could be even faster and more lethal by coming off the ball with a lower pad level. At times, it seems like Edwards takes a few choppy steps before surging out of his stance.

The talented defensive tackle recorded 107 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, and 13 sacks in 13 games as a junior. There’s a chance he takes his play up another level during his final season of high school football. Edwards is currently planning to make a final decision on his recruitment towards the Early Signing Period in December. He’s rated as the No. 671 overall prospect, the No. 66 DT, and the No. 19 prospect in Mississippi in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings, earning him a three-star distinction.


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