2014 Recruiting Player Profiles: Jake Edwards

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Next Wednesday is college football's National Signing Day, a huge event for fans in Bulldog Nation. Between now and then Dawg Sports will be profiling every single player in Georgia's 2014 signing class.

More lineman? Yes please. Well, introducing Mr. Jake Edwards from Heard County. He's 6'4 or so, 280+ pounds, loves the G as you can see, and is pretty strong too (let's ignore the functional qualities of bench press for football, and the improper weight lifting technique)...

Edwards was not very highly regarded playing in a rural west Georgia county, but that may be because he wasn't someone most people had seen play. You can watch him on the field here, and below...

Most project Edwards at G, but in all those clips he's at T and his height doesn't make that an impossibility. It seems unlikely considering how he doesn't move that well in space, but still possible. What you do see is someone who's strong, comes off low, and when he gets his hands on a defender, they're done. He needs to improve mobility, especially when getting to the second level or in the open field such as on screens. But if he's playing G, being alone in space isn't really an issue, and as we can clearly see at the top, the young man has the power to hold his own on the lines of the SEC.

Like all OL, you need to take a bit of a wait and see approach until they get to college which is the first time they've ever had players as big, strong, and mobile as them to compete against, and some players adjust while others don't. But Edwards appears to have the tools in his technique and his frame to make that adjustment. Personally, I expect him to redshirt, provide depth for a year or two after that, then hopefully start seeing a larger role as a redshirt sophomore in 2016 or junior in 2017, especially considering the quality and experience returning among interior OL candidates for the upcoming season. But this is what I, and others have constantly asked for. More OL bodies, with good frames, projectable bodies, and power so we can keep a full cupboard and take time developing young men into grown men before they need to see the field.

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