Monroe (La.) Ouachita four-star tight end Tyler Edwards thought at first the new NCAA texting ban would be a good thing. He thought it'd free up more time for him to talk to his friends. He thought it'd also help keep his cell phone bill cheaper.
While both things have happened, what's also happened is that he's not been able to communicate as regularly with the college coaches recruiting him and that's not made the recruiting process easier.
"When I first heard about it, I thought it was a good idea," Edwards, who is 6-foot-3 and 222 pounds, said. "But now I kind of wish they had it because it's easier to stay in touch with them. It's gotten to where they can't text you at all, so I don't hear from them as much and that's made it difficult.
"But I still talk the most to LSU, Alabama, Miami, Florida and Nebraska. We just talk about basic stuff and how they want me to come to their school."
Edwards, the No. 13 tight end in the nation and a four-star prospect, has had a top two list of LSU and Alabama for a while and now that his senior season has started the Tigers and Tide look like they're still on top.
"LSU and Alabama stick out the most," Edwards said. "I like them a lot. I grew up loving LSU. I feel real comfortable there. With Alabama Nick Saban is down there, and I have heard a lot of good things about him. I feel at home there, too.
"I haven't really planned any of my official visits out. I'm probably going to visit Nebraska for one of their games this year. Then I'm going to visit LSU for the Alabama game."
Edwards has scholarship offers from Alabama, LSU, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Arkansas, Auburn and Nebraska. He said while all of the attention he's gotten is very flattering, he's not in a rush to make a decision.
"I'm probably going to wait until after the season to commit," he said. "I'm going to take some visits during the season and then take the rest after the season. I'm going to take all five visits."
But first things first. Edwards is focused on helping his team win a station championship in 2007.
"We're going to be great," he said. "We just had a scrimmage and we did real well. The coaches didn't play me much because they didn't want me to get hurt. I played about seven plays and caught a few balls and stuff. We lost our quarterback from last year but our new quarterback is in the groove.
"They talked to me about playing some middle linebacker, but I'm not 100 percent yet. I sprained my ankle a few weeks ago and it's bothered me ever since. But it's feeling great right now so hopefully within the next week I'll be back to 100 percent."
In 2006, Edwards had 22 receptions for 328 yards and four touchdowns. He is also ranked as one of the top 10 players in Louisiana and the No. 200 player overall.