Lake Braddock QB Billy Edwards (Photo: Sheridan King/recruitNoVA)
After receiving dozens of offers, Billy Edwards taps ODU
by Jim McGrath, recruit757
Ending a spring of speculation, Lake Braddock quarterback Billy Edwards (c/o 2021, 6-3 200) ended his recruitment on Tuesday afternoon, with a verbal commitment that he will be attending, and playing football for Old Dominion, starting with the 2021 season.
Edwards had garnered 29 scholarship offers in the past year, but on June 8, he turned to social media to announce on Twitter that he had narrowed his list to a Final Five which included Florida International, Kent State, Miami of Ohio, Old Dominion, and William & Mary.
In the end, Edwards chose the Monarchs for several reasons, as he told host Matthew Hatfield via phone call on Hampton Roads ESPN 94.1 “757 at 6” radio show, which broadcast the announcement.
“Location wise, it’s great to be in-state, and I liked the relationship with the coaches. I’m proud to be a Monarch.”
Edwards added that he shares head coach Ricky Rahne’s vision. “I like that he comes from Penn State and Vanderbilt. Along with coach (Kirk) Campbell (ODU offensive coordinator), they want to get ODU back to what it used to be.”
As a junior, the Bruin completed 152 of 255 passes (59.6%) for 2714 yards with 31 touchdowns. He also showed prowess as a runner, gaining 450 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. His Lake Braddock team finished 10-3 overall, and advanced to the Region 6C Championship, where they lost to eventual Class 6 state champion South County 31-15.
Patience was a key component for Edwards as he neared a decision. Last spring, he told recruitNoVA.com that he was “working a lot on my mechanics and tuning them up before camps and college workouts.” Early in the process, he had conversations with coaches from Maryland , Syracuse and Virginia Tech while plotting his course with a dozen college one day camps. He was rightfully hopeful about coming out with a few offers after last summer, but willing to continue to work “until it’s my time.” His intention was to “enjoy the process and get ready to ball out with my brothers (in 2019).
Still, he was ready for the process to end.
“It has been a unique time with the pandemic,” Edwards told Hatfield. “But I have a good support system. I’m just happy to get this over with.” Earlier in the program, the tall redheaded signal caller had likened his game to that of a “high school Brett Favre gunslinger type,” and laughed about the times he had forced Bruin coach Mike Dougherty to request him to “not do that again, Billy.”
However, he added that ODU liked his intangibles, leadership qualities, and felt that he will immediately compete for playing time. “From the get-go, I have liked that they believe in me.”