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Mississippi schools have Ethan Edmondson's attention

Chad Simmons

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — You turn on tape of Scottsboro (Ala.) jumbo-athlete Ethan Edmondson and you see him catching passes at tight end, chasing the quarterback down and you see a young man who plays with a lot of energy. A number of schools like what they see in the 6-foot-3, 250 pound rising senior.

Around a dozen schools have offered the three-star who Rivals projects as a defensive end on the next level. Arkansas State, Memphis, Southern Miss, Troy and Western Kentucky are some of the schools on Edmondson's offer list.

He has visited numerous schools over the past six months and he will continue to hit the road, see different campuses and meet different coaching staffs as he moves closer to his decision.

One school that impressed him when he spent time on their campus was Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles are targeting one of the top defenders in the state of Alabama.

"It was my first time at Southern Miss a few weeks ago and they made me feel very important," said Edmondson. "I spent some time with the head coach (Jay Hopson) and he said I am one of his top prospects. He made me feel like I am wanted there and he had some good things to say to me."

Edmondson liked what he saw in Hattiesburg (Miss.).

"The campus was nice, I liked the coaches there a lot and it just seemed kind of relaxed. It is a school I do like and that I could see myself going to. We will just have to see how it goes."

After a visit to Southern Miss, Mississippi State hosted Edmondson the following weekend. Unlike the Golden Eagles, the Bulldogs have yet to extend an offer his way, but Edmondson knows he is on their radar.

The two should be seeing a lot of each other in the coming months.

"The coaches at Mississippi State are telling me that they are really interested in me and that they will be out to see me this spring," said Edmondson. "They also want to see me in camp this summer, so they like me and they are looking at me hard right now. They have been showing a lot of interest in me."

If Dan Mullen decides to offer, the program in Starkville will be high on his list.

"I like the atmosphere there. The players seem to have a really good bond there and it was just a good atmosphere to be in. There was something I really liked when I was there and I could see myself being happy there."

Right now, Edmondson is taking things slow in recruiting. He knows many coaches will be out to see him over the next month and a half and he feels more offers could be on the way. He does not want to rush into a decision despite liking what he sees when out on these visits.

"I am not close to making any type of decision or choosing a school any time soon. I just want to wait and see if anymore offers come in and make sure I look at everyone before I make my decision.

"I am taking it all in right now. I am getting out, seeing how I fit in at different places and seeing what type of bond I have with coaches. I am also looking to see where I could make an early impact at.

"For me, I am going to see what happens. I have no plan to make my decision right now. I am probably going to narrow my list down early in the season, then commit to someone after my senior season."