One of the better linemen in Ohio for the 2020 recruiting class has ended his recruitment with an early pledge to the Northwestern Wildcats.

Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald added another top prospect out of Ohio on Saturday with the verbal pledge of Groveport Madison defensive/offensive lineman TeRah Edwards.

Edwards, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound road grader announced on Twitter he’d given the Wildcats his pledge on Saturday afternoon.

With an impressive offer list, Edwards is considered one of the best inside defensive/offensive linemen in Ohio and the Midwest having recently added offers from the likes of Purdue, Penn State and Tennessee among others.

 

COMMITMENT BREAKDOWN

WHAT TO LIKE

The first thing that stands out when watching Edwards on offense is his ability to move laterally while getting his shoulders squared. Also shows ability and willingness to get to second level defenders and knows how to finish when he does. Does solid job of getting inside position with his hands and using his physical strength to win one-on-one battles.

On defense, uses first step and then brute strength to win at the line of scrimmage. At times gets high, but that is normal in high school players. In Northwestern defensive scheme, he’ll play a vital role in keeping offensive linemen off the Wildcats linebackers.

WHAT TO QUESTION

We’ve seen several different listings of where Edwards comes in on a scale. We have him listed at 310-pounds and have seen some with him higher and lower. Edwards will need to keep his weight in check and getting in a college strength and conditioning program should provide him with the tools needed.

OVERALL

Edwards should be one of the exceptions and enter Northwestern ready to compete for playing time early in his career. While he’ll need to keep working on the finer details of technique, the tools are there for Edwards to play at a high level and push those ahead of him on a depth chart. We feel this is a big pickup for Northwestern as other Big Ten programs also hoped to get Edwards in the fold.

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Dave Berk

Team publisher and recruiting analyst for Scout.com from 2002-2017. Founded Dave Berk Consulting (DaveBerkConsulting.com), a football recruiting consulting company focused on helping families through the recruiting process in 2016. Founded First Star Football Report in fall of 2018. Has appeared on national, regional and local television and radio including NFL Network, FOX Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, 700 WLW, 980 WONE, WCPO CH9 and more. Provided recruiting analysis for FOX Sports Ohio weekly high school game of the week in Southwest Ohio area and was an analyst for the Time Warner Sports (Spectrum Sports) Ohio National Signing Day show.

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