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Edmunds could be ‘special’ player for VT

Trey Edmunds looked comfortable sporting his maroon Virginia Tech hat early Wednesday morning and he was even more relaxed as he finally signed the paperwork that was six months in the making.
The Parade All-American is one of seven four-star recruits that signed Wednesday morning with Virginia Tech, capping off a stellar senior season on the football field.
“This day is really special to me just knowing that I’m going to a school of the caliber of Virginia Tech,” Edmunds said. “It just makes me feel excited and makes me feel all my hard years of life and school meant something and it means something now. I’m excited and looking forward to it.”
Edmunds is the only recruit listed on Virginia Tech’s athletics website at multiple positions (tailback/outside linebacker) of the 26 student-athletes who made it official Wednesday morning. Two other students had already enrolled early in January.
“He’s a special player in this group,” Virginia Tech director of recruiting and high school relations Jim Cavanaugh said of Edmunds. “He’s one of five tailbacks that we got. Trey is one of those kids – he’s a very unique athlete. He could play outside linebacker for us and we want to see if he can play tailback.
“He’s talented enough to do both as he gets settled into his career … could be one of the young men who could play both sides of the ball. He’s that kind of athlete; that kind of explosiveness.”
Cavanaugh, who was on Maryland’s coaching staff when Ferrell Edmunds starred at tight end for the Terrapins, said during a conference call discussing the Hokies‘ recruiting class that there could be special packages/situations in place for Edmunds to play both offense and defense.
“[He's a] tremendous player on both sides of the ball. I think he is explosive,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. “We’re really pleased to have him in our program. I think it’s a great, great catch for Virginia Tech.”
Beamer added that Edmunds will likely have to focus on one side of the ball when he arrives, but the program sees the ability of having special packages/schemes that could allow Edmunds to play the other side of the ball at times.
The senior became the first player in school history to be named to the Parade Magazine All-American high school football team as a running back and was the first player from Dan River to be nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last year as a junior.
The son of Ferrell and Felecia Edmunds was named an All-American by PrepStar and SuperPrep as a linebacker. PrepStar has Edmunds ranked as the No. 17 outside linebacker in the country, while SuperPrep ranked him the No. 6 player in the state of Virginia and No. 23 on its list of 39 All-American linebackers.
Edmunds is the lone Virginia Tech recruit who was an All-American on all three teams.
“For the most part I still have the same mindset of I’ll play whatever,” Trey Edmunds said, reiterating his statement when he verbally committed that he would play wherever the coaching staff wanted him to play.
“Although, I know going into camp I’m going to have to choose one but I guess its going to come in time when I’m going to choose it. Right now, I’m just seeing where my strengths are, I’m reviewing tape and I’m just working and focused. I’m ready to start. … There’s really not a specific position. Tech recruits great, great players and they have great along every position. I guess I’m just going to go in there and work hard and whatever position I feel most comfortable with, that’s the one I’m going to go with.”
Edmunds, who is projected by many recruiting services to play defense for the Hokies, was named first-team defense in the Dogwood District. He racked up 143 tackles, four interceptions and returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Those numbers back up his production from his junior season when he totaled 124 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete rushed for 2,596 yards and 33 touchdowns on 283 carries, accounting for 61.5 percent of Dan River’s offense. Dan River won two playoff games in a season for the first time in school history, with Edmunds totaling 696 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in the three postseason games.