The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Edwards chose the Blue Devils over offers from Illinois, Wake Forest. West Virginia, Boston College, Ohio and Old Dominion. He has attended camps or other events at Alabama, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina among other schools, his father, Charles said.
“He had looks at several different schools of all types across the country,” Charles Edwards said. “Duke came out as being one of the top schools.”
Charles Edwards declined to make Evrett available for an interview. However, the younger Edwards did speak to Web site Blue Devil Nation. Edwards cited a relationship he formed with Duke Coach David Cutcliffe as a key factor in his decision to commit.
“I didn’t do what most players do and look at uniforms and what not,” Edwards told the site. “I looked at the endowment, what I can do for the school and what the school can do for me...The conversation that I had with Coach Cutcliffe, it was very big in my decision.”
Smith said that Evrett Edwards refers to Duke as a “40-year school,” meaning one that he is looking at for a career, not just for football. Edwards is a top student and has been proactive in the recruiting process, Smith said, by calling coaches and researching his options.
“He went down there for a visit and came back and he was very thrilled and excited Monday and thought that’s where he could see himself playing,” Smith said. “I was a little shocked it was that quick. When he fell in love, he fell in love.
“He’s wise beyond his years, and his football IQ is as strong as his life IQ. His football IQ is through the roof. A lot of people say, yeah, he’s very smart academically, but how does that correlate [to football]? Well, it correlates tremendously. He studies the game. He’s on top of the game. He’s always trying to find that edge to make himself better and get a leg up on the competition. He’s persistent, too.”
Evrett Edwards’s uncle, Benny Guilbeaux, was the starting strong safety at Notre Dame in the late 1990s.