Chelsea, Mich., three-star running back Berkley Edwards took his third official visit of the process this past weekend. After trips to Minnesota and Cal, Edwards made his way down to Iowa to see what the Hawkeyes had to offer.
"Iowa was a great visit," Edwards said. "I had been there one time early in the summer for a camp and I had seen the field and everything. I wasn't really trying to paying attention to the football team so much as watching the coaching staff and what the players said about the coaching staff."
Iowa dropped Saturday's contest to Penn State by a final of 38-14. Edwards said the score did not affect his thoughts on the Hawkeyes and he was able to see they needed help at the running back position. He comes out of the visit with a better feel for Iowa's program.
"It clarified more things for me," Edwards confirmed. "What I was really looking forward to was talking with the players and figuring out how they like the coaching staff. I got to sit down with players on a couple occasions and ask them what was their thoughts on the coaching staff and how they do things."
Edwards' player host was freshman wide receiver Tevaun Smith, and he also spent time talking with state of Michigan natives Kevonte Martin-Manley and Ruben Lile. Not only was he able to glean insight on the football program from those players, but he said they discussed the academic aspects of the school as well.
An official visit to Minnesota was taken last month, and one to Cal earlier in October. Now that he has seen those three schools, Edwards plans to sit back and consider his options.
"My season still is going, so I still have to sit down and talk with my parents about what we saw, what we liked, what we didn't like and compare each school," Edwards said.
"I'm just going to wait and let things develop. I have to send my tapes out to a couple more schools - LSU and Alabama. They want to see tape of my first four games so I am getting that out tomorrow or Friday."
Chelsea High had to win their final six games of the season to earn a berth in the Michigan state playoffs. Edwards capped off Chelsea's 6-3 regular season record by rushing for 245 yards and four touchdowns in a 28-14 win last Friday to propel his team into the post-season.