Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

May 7, 2014

Edwards to play football at Concord

BLUEFIELD — Two-time first team all-state football player D.J. Edwards is headed to Concord University. The Bluefield High School defensive back and wide receiver signed Tuesday to continue his football career with the Mountain Lions.

“Right now I don’t know exactly where I am going to play, but they told me receiver or DB (defensive back),” Edwards said.

Edwards who was a 2012 All-State first team selection at defensive back, made the 2013 honor team as a wide receiver. He looks forward to playing near home where friends and relatives can follow him.

“It’s real good. My granddad always likes to see my play, so I wanted to give him a chance to come see me play,” Edwards commented.

A four-year starter for the Beavers, head coach Fred Simon spoke of Edwards’ abilities.

“He’s multi-talented. He can play anywhere,” Simon said. “They’ll be able to find a place for him. He’s go so many options, good at a few positions on offense, good at a few positions on defense. He’s big enough and fast enough to play at a lot of places. He plays a lot of positions and does them well.”

Asked what he liked most about the CU football program, Edwards smiled and said, “They win. They win a lot. That’s why I like them.”

Edwards’ reminisced of his days at BHS and spoke of how the coaching staff helped him polish his skills.

“When I came in from my eighth grade year, Coach Fritz Simon had me working,” Edwards recalled. “Ever since then they never gave up on me. They gave me motivation to keep playing football too.”

Edwards’ father David, who played college football played the role of proud father on Tuesday.

“It’s very gratifying. I have watched D.J. these past four years come from a little boy to a man,” said the elder Edwards. “Coach Simon and staff saw something in him as a freshman, a 14-year-old kid. They put him in there and he had to grow up fast. As each year progressed I saw him progressing, getting better, working hard, getting bigger and that’s what it is going to take. It’s another four-year round. It’s a lot more time that he has to put into it with his school and football now.”

The younger Edwards plans to major in sports management at Concord.

— Contact Bob Redd at bredd@bdtonline.com

 

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