Florida defensive end Sincere Edwards is someone that has generated many discussions across the college football recruiting landscape for quite a while.
The 4-star recruit made an official visit to Pitt in June and prior to that visit, Edwards de-committed from Central Florida. That obviously led to speculation that he would immediately commit to Pitt following his visit, but that obviously didn’t happen, at least right away.
Edwards has spent the last two months thinking things over and made the decision on Monday to make his commitment to head coach Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers.
The 4-star end from Apopka, Florida is a Rivals 5.8 recruit, with offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, NC State, Penn State, Purdue, South Florida, UCF and Utah.
“Coming out of my official visit to Pitt, actually I visited Pitt twice, but coming from my official visit, my family and I came home and was like, we absolutely loved it,” Edwards said. “With Pitt man, we really fell in love with the defense that they run and the coaches at Pitt. It’s hard to explain but it’s just a feeling you get when you really know something is right and with Pitt, my family and I both knew that’s where I was going to end up.”
“Since that visit, they’ve been on my mind pretty heavily and as I approach my first game, I’m ready to be done with recruiting. Pitt is it.”
Edwards gave the Pitt coaching staff an early Christmas present with the news that he wanted to be a Panther and it meant a lot that the they prioritized him so much.
“When I told them, they were very excited,” said Edwards. “They were so excited because I was No. 1 on their board so to have their No. 1 guy commit, that’s a big deal. Being that I was No. 1 on their board is a big deal to me because this is a program that not only wants me, but they valued me. Because of that, it really was a no-brainer for me to commit there.”
“This is truly a blessing for me because the proof is in the pudding with Pitt. Just go back and do the research, Coach Partridge has put numerous people in the NFL. Not only that, he does a great job of developing his players and smaller type defensive lineman like myself.”
Now that his college decision is out of the way, Edwards tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he can start fully concentrating on his senior year and has plenty of lofty goals to accomplish.
“As far as team goals, I want to make it to states and make a deep run in the playoffs. Since I’ve been at Apopka, I’ve only made it to the first round of the playoffs and have never had a true playoff run. As far as myself, I really want, actually, I don’t want, I will become the defensive player of the year and to lead the nation in sacks. I have big goals and I plan on making them happen.”
Edwards also is impressed with the big news from last week, that the Pitt football program has a team NIL deal in place for all of its players.
“Not only is Pitt trying to establish a successful program, but they’re also looking ahead to things that could bring the program recruits. As far as the NIL, not having a team NIL deal and just having individual could affect the locker room. So people may not realize that, but it does. So, to sit there and be fair and do something like that is a blessing.”
Edwards made sure to say that despite announcing in the past that he wanted to make official visits to both Maryland and Penn State in December, that’s not happening now.
“Everything is shut down.”