Jacksonville Trinity Christian safety Ben Edwards committed to Ohio State on Tuesday (Feb. 11). (PHOTO COURTESY BEN EDWARDS / February 11, 2014)
Jacksonville Trinity Christian safety Ben Edwards ended his debate over which college to attend Tuesday when he committed to Ohio State's 2015 recruiting class.
He had been thinking about pulling the trigger and Tuesday went with his gut and the relationship he has built with Buckeyes co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach Chris Ash and tight ends/fullbacks coach Tim Hinton.
"I talk to Coach Hinton and Coach Ash every week and they're great coaches and they've wanted me to commit for the longest time," Edwards said. "They love everything about me, they love my style of play and I have a chance to go up there and play early. Ohio State is a great football program and they know how to win and all want to win a championship for Coach [Urban] Meyer and I want to be a part of that.
He committed to Hinton.
"He was happy. He was fired up," Edwards said.
Edwards, the No. 32-ranked player in the Sentinel's Florida Top 100, picked the Buckeyes after giving strong consideration to Auburn, North Carolina and Stanford.
The 6-foot, 196-pound safety is one of six Trinity players in the Sentinel's Florida Top 100, and the fifth player to commit to a Football Bowl Subdivision program. No. 2-ranked CB Kevin Toliver is committed to LSU, No. 29 OG Kendrick Norton is committed to Florida State, No. 69 LB Andre Smith is committed to North Carolina and No. 77 LB Victor Alexander is committed to UCLA.
Trinity is coming off its second straight Florida Class 3A state title and with this arsenal of players returning, including uncommitted and No. 6-ranked LB Jeffery Holland and sophomore running back Jalin Buie, an Auburn commit, the Conquerors look well on their way to a three-peat.
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