October 29, 2010

Edwards familiar with Buckeyes

Growing up in Ohio, Zach Edwards has heard plenty about the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior wide receiver from Middletown, Ohio learned a lot more about his favorite team earlier this decade when his cousin and former Middletown Middie, Andre Amos, suited up for the Buckeyes from 2005-2009.

"He was telling me about the school," Edwards said. "He said I have a chance because they really like me."

Edwards attended a NIKE Camp at Ohio State over the summer then returned to Columbus earlier this season when the Buckeyes hosted Miami.

"It was nice," he said of the visit. "The fans are really loud and crazy."

During the trip, Edwards talked with OSU assistant coach John Peterson.

"He said for me to keep (up the hard work) and they'll be watching me," Edwards said.

In addition to the Buckeyes, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Syracuse and West Virginia have shown interest in Edwards.

He was at Notre Dame for the Irish's game against Stanford.

"Their campus is really nice," he said. "Their field is nice, too. When you first walk on there it looks like turf, but it's grass."

Edwards plans to travel to New York for the Irish's "home" game against Army at Yankee Stadium.

A three-year starter at Middletown, Edwards already has 68 receptions for 1,021 yards and nine touchdowns in his career. This year alone he has 31 catches for 451 yards to lead the Greater Miami Conference.

"It feels good because it's a really good conference," Edwards said.

While Middletown likes to run the football, Edwards gets the ball in a variety of ways.

He'll catch bubble and jet screens or downfield passes, but he's also carried the football eight times for 100 yards and a touchdown this season.

"(Freshman and sophomore year) I expected the ball more," Edwards said. "But this year it's just about winning and playing as a team."

Edwards has no complaints so far as the Middies are off to a 9-0 start and currently hold down the top seed in the Ohio Division I, Region 4 playoffs.

"We've been doing things right," he said. "Our goal was to win a state championship and we're just taking it one day at a time."

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