Abram Edwards didn’t envision himself playing football or attending Army early in the recruiting process.
Edwards’ parents never served in the military. Edwards couldn’t imagine himself serving at first.
But, after more and more talks with Army recruiting coach Matt Drinkall, Edwards really started considering the Black Knights.
Army moved to the top of his recruiting list after Edwards took his first visit to the academy in April. Edwards went on a second trip earlier this month and earned Class of 2024 tight end MVP honors at Army’s camp.
“Just being on the campus is amazing,” said Edwards, a rising senior at Winfield-Mount Union High School in Iowa. “There’s a lot of influential and important people that went to school there and there is a ton of history there.
“Every time, I’m on campus I learn something new, which is really interesting to me.”
Edwards is going to get to know more about West Point in the future. He officially committed to coach Jeff Monken and the Black Knights Monday.
“I went on two visits and loved both of them.” said Edwards, who is 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds. “All of the coaches made it feel like home and it (his commitment) was a no-brainer.
“The factors that led to my decision were the relationship I built with the whole staff, my parents feeling comfortable with me going there and not only growing as a football player but also as a person. I’ve known I wanted to commit to Army and committing there felt surreal.”
There was an instant bond between Edwards, and Drinkall, who played and student-coached at the University of Iowa.
“He (Drinkall) is a great person who is who he is and always makes time to talk to me,” Edwards said.
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Edwards is looking forward to the chance of playing in Army’s new shotgun offense, which may have more opportunities for tight ends in the passing game.
“I’m super excited to play tight end in their offense,” Edwards said. “They’ve started to throw the ball more and change their scheme on offense. It’s really exciting as a recruit to be part of that.”