Posted: 7:02 am Monday, April 21st, 2014
By Michael Carvell
- UPDATE: Edoga committed to USC on Monday night.
One of the nation’s most high-profile recruits will announce his college decision in a low-profile manner on Monday.
Chuma Edoga, a 5-star offensive lineman from McEachern High School, will reveal his college choice at 8 p.m. Monday via Twitter.
No press conference, no live webcast, no ESPN cameras, and no tables of baseball caps.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Edoga will simply tweet out the winner between his five finalists of Tennessee, UGA, USC, Stanford and Texas A&M.
“I talked to my coach about (how to announce it),” Edoga told the AJC on Sunday night.
“If I would’ve waited, I would probably commit at the Army All-America game. But I’m not waiting, so I decided to do in on Twitter. I don’t care about having all that type of attention (by doing it another way). I don’t think it’s necessary.”
And why commit now? “I just feel like I was ready to make my decision, you know? I already know what school I plan on going to. I want to get it over so I can start recruiting other players to where I’m going and have a good recruiting class.”
Here’s the 5-star on his five finalists:
- Tennessee: “I had a real good visit up there when I visited in the summer. I like the coaches a lot. They are real homey people and real welcoming.” What about Edoga’s comments that his mother didn’t like Tennessee? Have the two sides warmed up to each other? “They’ve been talking. They’ve started to build a good relationship.”
- UGA: “They are an in-state school. I have a real good relationship with the o-line coach, Coach (Will) Friend.”
- USC: “I had a great visit over there during spring break. I enjoyed all the coaches.”
- Stanford: “They have great academics, and a good football team. But they’re a really good academic school.”
- Texas A&M: “They are a team on the rise. They’re competitive, and they’ve shown that they can win in the SEC. And they produce offensive tackles for the NFL.” Note: Edoga has never visited Texas A&M.
What will be Edoga’s deciding factor? “The most important factor is getting the best of both worlds in academics and athletics,” said Edoga, who wants to study to be an Aeronautic engineer.
Edoga said he has got his mother’s blessing on his choice, even if it means going far away. “She supports me.”
Even though Edoga will commit on Monday night, he still plans to take recruiting trips to other schools. “Yes, I’m going to still take my visits, but it will probably take a lot to swing me to another school. I’ll probably take all five of my official visits during the fall.”
Edoga is rated as the state’s No. 4 overall prospect, along with the No. 4 offensive tackle in the nation, per 247sports composite rankings.
At midnight on Sunday, 51% of the recruiting experts had projected Edoga to USC, followed by Tennessee at 34% and UGA at 11%. The last 12 predictions (including mine) were all for USC. It’s probably not going to be good news for UGA, and probably why they offered FSU commit Cole Minshew of Coffee County High School on Friday.
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