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Edwards narrowing options

Barrington Edwards has had his choice of schools for some time.
Now the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Bowie, Mary. running back says he is narrowing his list somewhat.
He's scheduled official visits in December to Georgia and Michigan State.
Maryland, LSU and Penn State join the Bulldogs and Spartans among Edward's top five choices. Each school has already offered Edwards a scholarship.
Edwards says he still may also consider other schools, but the five schools mentioned above, and ones he might consider in the future, will all have a common denominator.
"I'm looking at teams that want to run the ball," Edwards explained. "I want a team that is really kind of running back based."
But Edwards is looking at more than just the type of offense a school runs. He also wants to know about graduation rates and the atmosphere among the team.
"I really want to graduate (from college)," Edwards said. "That's a really big goal of mine. And I also want the team to be like a family."
Edwards has already visited Penn State unofficially for the Nike Camp in State College where he clocked a 4.48-second 40-yard dash.
Michigan State and Maryland are the only schools on his summer camp itinerary.
Michigan State may have the upper hand since Doug Rogers, a coach at Bowie, is close with Edwards and Rogers himself played for Michigan State in the 1980s.
Rogers is also familiar with LSU coach Nick Saban from his tenure as head coach at Michigan State.
Edwards' interest in Georgia stems from the fact that he has an uncle living in Atlanta.
Penn State, according to Edwards, is very much in the picture as well.
"They're a traditional power," Edwards said of the Nittany Lions. "Their fans love the team."
Recent upstart Maryland has also definitely caught Edwards' attention.
"I like Coach Friedgen's offense," he said. "I can see myself playing in that sort of offense. They ask the running back to do a lot of different things and I can handle that."
"Handling things" on the gridiron certainly hasn't been an issue for Edwards of late.
As a junior, he rushed for 2,289 yards and 27 touchdowns while leading Bowie to the Class 4A state title.
He was named Prince George's County Player of the Year for his efforts.
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