Downers Grove (Ill.) North sophomore quarterback David Edwards visited Illinois last Saturday and the Illini extended a scholarship on Monday.
Edwards enjoyed his time in Champaign on Saturday.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Edwards got the good news from head coach Tim Beckman.
“I was absolutely shocked,” Edwards said. “I was so excited. I couldn’t believe it. I was shaking when he told me.”
Edwards may have to get used to the feeling, as several more offers could eventually come his way. Illinois extending the first one means a lot, and Edwards enjoyed everything about his first visit of the spring last weekend.
“It was an unbelievable visit,” Edwards said. “I loved the campus, loved the facilities, loved the team. Coach Beckman and I had a one-on-one chat in his office. That was really good. He stressed to me why I should choose Illinois. He emphasized the family aspect and why players should stay in Illinois.”
Other programs showing interest in Edwards includes Indiana, where his father Dave played linebacker, Michigan and Michigan State. Edwards said he could make it to Ann Arbor sometime in the near future.
“I’ve talked to Coach (Jeff) Hecklinski and Coach (Greg) Mattison,” Edwards said. “I’ve met both of them. They said when are you coming up to campus. I hope to get up there soon.”
Michigan is a program Edwards follows closely.
“Their program is on the rise,” he said. “I love Coach (Brady) Hoke. They’re usually contenders in the Big Ten and I think Coach Hoke and their offense and system are great.”
Playing in mostly a wing-t offense, Edwards rushed for 719 yards and nine touchdowns in the fall, while passing for 502 yards and three scores in limited opportunities.