Edwards Flips to ‘Dogs

Shannon Edwards

Bakersfield (Calif.) Ridgeview cornerback Shannon Edwards verbally committed to UCLA last summer after performing well at a Bruins camp. But after a coaching change in Westwood, Edwards offer became a bit unstable and he decided to look at his options, which led him to Fresno last weekend…

Shannon Edwards (5-10, 180) spent much of last spring training with B2G. The elite training organization has produced more high school All-Americans than any other program of its kind. Edwards was part of the B2G team that won its consecutive Badger 7-on-7 championship in Las Vegas last March. He also a key cog for the Bakersfield Burr team that won the Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 Best of the West Championship last summer.

But the 7-on-7 stuff was icing on the cake for a spring and summer that saw Edwards emerge from the depths of the unknown to a three-star prospect with multiple Pac-12 offers.

He decided on UCLA after camping in Westwood and impressing the coaches with his speed.

"Running a 4.3 was my goal, but I knew I still had to impress the coaches in the 1-on-1's to get the offer," Edwards told Scout.com on June 22. "Right after lunch [at the camp], I felt pretty confident that they would be offering me. I talked with Coach [Jim] Tresey and Coach [Tim] Hundley after the camp and they really liked me."

But the Bruins went through a coaching change that saw the ouster of Rick Neuheisal and the hiring of Jim Mora. With the transition, Edwards' offer became expendable as UCLA asked him to grayshirt (sit out the fall and enroll in the spring of 2013). That wasn't in his plans.

Edwards scheduled a last minute visit with Fresno State last weekend. It went well with him leaving Fresno confident that the Bulldogs were the right fit.

"Being there felt like home," said Edwards, who committed Sunday night after arriving home from the official visit.

He is the fourth player among the five visitors from last weekend that gave the Bulldogs a verbal commitment. As well, the fourth known defensive back that is expected to sign with FS on Wednesday.

Despite having only three weeks to recruit, new secondary coach Tim McDonald was able to haul in two Pac-12 level recruits.

"I can't wait to play for him," Edwards said of McDonald. "He's a defensive back mastermind."

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