Over the weekend Groveport (Ohio) Madison lineman TeRah Edwards spent two days visiting Northwestern for an unofficial visit.
By Saturday afternoon, Edwards surprised many when he gave Pat Fitzgerald his verbal pledge to the 2020 Wildcats recruiting class.
“I know a lot of people don’t really know and just think of the name on the jersey,” said Edwards. “However, I made a different decision and honestly feel I made a great decision.”
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound two-way lineman had enjoyed picking up several offers over the past few weeks with some programs looking for him to shore up their offensive line while others looked for him to anchor their defensive front.
“Some of my offers where for offense and some for defense,” he said. “Northwestern recruited me for defense. I’ll play wherever I’m needed, but they felt I fit their defense.
“Committing is a stress reliever. You don’t know how much better I’ve felt since I made my decision. Now, I can get focused and back to grinding for my senior season and not focused on recruiting.”
How hard was it for Edwards when he made the decision to place his future with the Wildcats?
“It was kind of hard but then again it wasn’t,” he continued. “I knew going to Northwestern was pretty much self-explanatory with the education they offer. So, I knew it was the right place as I want to study sports medicine and become a physical therapist. Being at Northwestern, I can do an internship my junior year and get credit for it.
There are a lot of benefits from the academic side of having everything done by mid-day. The decision was pretty beneficial for me.”
While his on-campus visit was an unofficial visit, Edwards was given the grand tour.
“I did an unofficial visit but got to hang with the guys,” he explained. “It was pretty much like an official visit, but I had to pay for everything. Friday, I got my academic meetings and took a campus tour to see where everything was at. Saturday, I got to watch practice. But Friday allowed me to see what I would be doing outside of football.”
What did Edwards think about the recent facility upgrades?
“I knew I was going to see good facilities,” he said. “So that didn’t shock me. However, getting to know the coaches shocked me because they showed they care about you as a person and not just about football as most places are.”
Not only had Edwards build some solid relationships with the Wildcats coaching staff, his parents also felt a strong bond.
“My parents build a good relationship with Coach (Marty) Long,” Edwards explained. “I FaceTime a lot with Coach Fitzgerald and have a good relationship with Coach Long and Coach Fitzgerald. I also talk with Coach (Matt) MacPherson a lot too.”
When did it hit Edwards the time might be right to give his verbal pledge to the Wildcats staff?
“After the academic meetings on Friday, I kind of felt it,” he said. “The on Saturday, after watching how Coach Long teaches his players, that was pretty much it.”
How does his parents feel about his decision?
“They love it,” he said. “They know a degree from Northwestern will set me up for life. They like how the graduation rate is high as they are all about academics because football doesn’t last forever.”
Asked about himself, Edwards was straight to the point in how he approaches things on and off the field.
“I’m really all about taking care of my business and doing what I need to do on and off the field,” he said. “Getting good grades is important and when I play, I go out and have a good time. But I know I’ll be able to use my brains forever but not be able to play football forever.”