By LEE BRECHEEN, Louisiana Football Magazine
You see this many times in high school football: a Division I running back graduates and the next fall season, a new senior emerges with tons of talent who played in the shadows.
That’s the Class of 2023 senior Jayden Edwards from Captain Shreve.
Edwards ran for 484 yards in 2021 as a backup to a talented senior and averaged 6.4 yards per carry on 76 carries, which is very impressive.
This is someone who might easily run for over 1,000 yards or more in Class 5A football in 2022.
Watching him play against Union Parish in 2021, Edwards showed me 4.5 speed in the 40, great balance, a good burst and, most of all, a lot of power for someone under 190 pounds.
I can see many colleges adding Edwards’ name to their recruiting list during or after the season is over. It would not surprise me if he signs at the FBS or FCS level. He has the stuff to become a Division I starter.
Running backs coach Kendrick Law Sr. likes Edwards’ dedication to be as good as he can be.
“First and foremost, Jayden is a great character kid, which is what we expect out of our program,” said Law. “He works hard, he doesn’t complain, he is very dependable and positive. He will try his best to complete whatever task is set before him. He is very coachable.
“He is also a very good ‘total package’ running back. He has good speed, he can catch, he can make you miss, but he is also not afraid to drop his shoulder and get extra yardage. He has worked hard this spring and summer and this season should be his payday.”
“Some things I like most about football are the families you create with your teammates,” Edwards said. “It’s like having brothers you’ve never had. Also, (I love) the excitement from being on the field when those Friday night lights come on.”
Notes on Jayden Edwards: In the classroom he has a current GPA of 4.1 and has posted an ACT score of 19.
Edwards’ favorite colleges are LSU, TCU and Southern. “I like LSU because I grew up around a majority of the LSU fans in all sports. I like TCU and Southern, not only for their athletic programs but because these schools have a really good business/real estate program.”
His plans for college: “I would like to major in business and real estate. I chose these two majors because this will ensure job security as there will always be people looking for places to live. Having this career will also open up opportunities for me to help more and more people.”
“My hobbies are working out, spending time with my family and traveling.”
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