It seems we say it almost every year but when it comes to producing high quality Div I defensive backs, few schools can top Fresno (Calif.) Edison. It seems the Tigers have at least one Div I prospect in the secondary every year and this year's top player is Charles Amadi.
Edison defensive backs coach Tony Perry has been telling us about Amadi for the past couple of years and the standout defensive back has had a very solid senior season. The 6-0, 175 pound safety was a standout running back this past season but is getting recruited on the defensive side of the ball.
"I rushed for a little over 1,000 yards but I prefer defense," Amadi said. "I could play safety or corner in college. I have good speed and can cover but like I safety because I like being able to sit back and cover the whole field."
Amadi was supposed to take an official visit to Cal this past weekend but had to re-schedule it.
"I wanted to go with my parents and they both couldn't make it," Amadi said. "So I decided to wait and I'll probably try and set something up with them in January. I don't have any other visits set for December, I'll probably take all of them in January.
"Right now, the schools I'm hearing from the most are Cal, Fresno State, Boise State, Washington State, Washington and Oregon. I'm also hearing from a lot more schools for track and have a ton of track offers but Cal is the only football offer right now. Boise State wants to come in for a home visit and they could offer too."
Amadi is one of the state's top triple jumpers and finished third in the state a year ago after finishing fourth as a sophomore.
"Football is my top sport and I definitely plan to sign a football letter," Amadi said. "I want to do both sports in college but I know I have to sign a football letter to be able to play both sports so that's my plan. Right now, I really like Cal a lot and I have a lot of friends and former teammates who go there. It's going to take a lot to beat them out but I do want to take a few trips before making a decision."