Lake Braddock QB Billy Edwards (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Billy Edwards Jr. Shares About His Commitment, Advice, and More
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Billy Edwards Jr.(2021 QB 6-3 195) of Lake Braddock High School has already accomplished a lot during the past few months. While some of his peers have been scrambling to find offers or to get work in, Billy made a life altering decision to commit to Old Dominion University to play for the Monarchs. There is no doubt that he deserves this scholarship, but he knows that the work does not stop here. He has still been attending camps and showcases to show even more people just what he can do on a football field.
Billy wants to bring his hard working attitude to Norfolk whenever he gets a chance to be on campus, saying, “I’m just excited to get down there and work my tail off, and compete. I just want to earn my spot, or my job, and be prepared for the time that I do get my chance to play. I just want to be ready to make an impact in any way that I can.” The decision to commit to ODU was one that Billy thinks was very simple when he puts it into perspective. “I have a great relationship with all the coaches. I think the location, and how close it is to home really helped. It’s a close drive, so my parents and family can come see me. Then, you have a great program there that I want to help restore to its former greatness. I know that people down in Norfolk really love football, and there is an expectation for us to win games and be competitive,” Billy elaborates.
The impact Billy will make as a Monarch will be one that is unknown at this point, but he hopes that it is an everlasting one. “I’m just trying to do my part. Whether that is recruiting other guys in the 2021 class, doing stuff on campus and being a leader, and getting the class of 2021 going in the right direction, and doing my part. It doesn’t matter if I’m the starter or whatever my role is, I’m going to do my best to thrive in that role,” Billy says.
As a quarterback, it is an assumption that the leader of the team will be the one who is also under center. Billy is no exception to this, describing himself as a natural born leader.
“Especially at the quarterback position, you are put into that sort of platform. I love that role, and I think that I’ve been doing it ever since I started playing sports when I was a toddler. So I think that is definitely the most important thing, and a leader can really rally a team to some great places. With the time now, it is important with guys getting teammates to work out, being a good leader is as important as ever,” Billy explains.
Billy also was asked to share his advice for his younger counterparts. He says, “Continue to work, Whether you have 30 offers or none, all you need is one school, one coach to believe in you. So just work your tail off, take care of your grades, have faith in yourself, and just trust that everything will work out for you.”
Billy Edwards Jr. has already emerged as a leader for the future of the Old Dominion program in their attempt to turn around their short history and become a powerhouse mid-major program. He wants to lead by example and help everyone he can, eventually trying to lead them to Norfolk to join the Monarch family.
– Marc Goldstein