Following a junior season in which he produced 1,520 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, Chelsea, Mich., running back Berkley Edwards showed up at the Adidas Maximum Exposure Combine in Pontiac on Saturday and continued to fuel his recruitment.
The 5-8, 180-pound Edwards clocked a 4.35 40-yard dash and showed well throughout the event with his work ethic and performance.
Edwards father, Stan, played six seasons in the NFL and his brother, Braylon, is now with the San Francisco 49ers. Edwards knows, however, that nothing will be given him simply because of his last name.
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"A lot of people think I get special treatment, but at the end of the day coaches look for a person who can play the game," Edwards noted. "If I can't play the game, then I won't be recruited by anybody and won't be going to a college. I have to work hard myself and show coaches what I can do."
College coaches from across the country are starting to see that Edwards can play the game. He has been receiving mail from the likes of Oregon, Michigan, Stanford, Penn State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Northern Illinois.
This past fall, Edwards attended a game at Michigan. Both his father and brother starred for the Wolverines in their day, and the younger Edwards also has a strong affinity for the Maize and Blue.
"Personally, there is an attraction to go to Michigan. Not just because family went there, but because that's the college that has always been there," Edwards said. "I have been to multiple games and been up there watching my brother play. When I go up there I feel like it is home and I haven't been to any other colleges."
Michigan was the only school Edwards visited this fall, but he does want to get out and visit more schools during the course of his recruitment.
"I like the process and everybody gets a look, everybody gets an equal chance," Edwards said. "I would like to check out Oregon, LSU and Iowa."
Edwards plans to continue to further his recruitment by attending the U.S. Army Junior Combine in San Antonio, Tex., next month. His junior season helped put his name on the map, but he plans to ratched up the intensity this off-season.
"I'm coming back and working harder," Edwards said. "I've been training since I was a little kid. It's always been there since I was little and I love working hard."