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Edinburgh recaps Florida visit

Offensive tackle Derek Edinburgh of New Orleans Edna Karr was among the biggest athletes taking part in a camp Sunday at Florida, but the question is this: Did he come up big enough to land an offer from the Gators?
"I think I had a really good showing today," Edinburgh told Rivals.com Sunday night. "I'm really hoping for an offer. I think I did real well. I had a chance to learn a lot from [Gators offensive line coach Frank Verducci. I also talked to [tight ends coach Derek Lewis]. We talked about me going out, working hard and soaking all the information in and being a sponge."
To date, 18 programs have pulled the trigger. The 6-foot-8, 320-pound Edinburgh said he has no leaders.
If Florida does offer, it likely will become a factor, he claimed.
"Yes, it really would," Edinburgh said. "That's one of the universities I really wanted to get an offer from. If I do, I'd really consider them."
Besides Florida, Edinburgh also has visited LSU and Mississippi State. He will camp at Alabama this week. The Tigers and Bulldogs have offered; the Tide has not.
"Alabama will probably be it for me," Edinburgh said. "After that I'll sit down with my parents and my coaches to talk about who's up there and who's not. I don't really have a leader right now. I'm open."
Asked what he's looking for in a school, Edinburgh replied, "First, it's going to have a really good graduation rate of its players, a good campus environment and I really want a good coaching staff. And winning. I want to go to a university that's about winning."
When might a commitment come?
"Probably this summer," Edinburgh said. "I want to do it before my season starts."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at kneebs01@aol.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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