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The Final Cockdown: #89 Bryan Edwards

NCAA Football: Clemson at South Carolina Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Bryan Edwards

Freshman
6”3’ / 205 lbs.
Conway, S.C.

Recruitment

We didn’t always think we’d have this guy on campus come the fall, but he’s here, and we’re really, REALLY glad that he is.

After committing to the Gamecocks in the spring of 2015, the four-star prospect de-committed in November following the Gamecocks' dip into the bottom of the SEC.

Current Head Coach Will Muschamp and Co. made him an immediate priority once hired on and were able to persuade him to re-commit in December.

Per 247, Edwards is ranked as a top-250 recruit, the 45th best for his position and the 3rd best out of the state of South Carolina for the 2016 class..

Before suffering a season and high school ending knee injury, Edwards was a finalist for South Carolina’s “Mr. Football,” finishing with 53 catches and 969 receiving yards his senior year.

College Career

Edwards signed on to the Gamecocks as an early enrollee, finishing up high school courses in December and arriving to Columbia for spring classes and practice in January. He took most of his reps this spring with the first team offense.

2016 Outlook

The Gamecocks depth chart isn’t exactly seeping with talent and experience at the wideout position. We all know that. Bryan Edwards knows that. That’s probably why he’s here and not 100 or so miles northwest.

Given his knee is 100% healthy, we’re likely to see Edwards' #89 slotted on the opposite end of Deebo Samuel come offensive snap #1 of the Gamecocks’ season. Edwards is talented enough to start, and by all means should, if he’s ready and knows enough of the Gamecocks playbook.

For South Carolina’s offense to be feared as a legitimate scoring threat, Edwards, along with Samuel, will need to solidify himself as a down-field pass catching weapon early and often in 2016.