Trinity Christian Academy -- Jacksonville, Florida
Safety. 6'0" 196 pounds.
Rivals Rank: Four stars; #10 safety.
ESPN Rank: Four stars; #13 safety.
Scout Rank: Three stars; #38 safety.
247 Rank: Three stars; #27 safety.
Key Offers: Auburn, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA
Ben Edwards's recruiting odyssey was long and winding, featuring early commitments to Ohio State and Auburn, but he finally settled on the Cardinal, and Stanford fans will be grateful for the next four years.
A hard-hitting safety in the mold of Jordan Richards, Edwards will push for playing time soon and rule the middle of Stanford's back line of defense with an iron fist. He excels in run support, and his game film shows evidence of a player who can track running backs along the line of scrimmage before bursting through a wall of blockers to lay crushing hits both in traffic and in the open field. He's equally effective sitting back in pass coverage, and those receivers who dared make catches in front of him often paid dearly.
Stanford defensive back coach Duane Akina is perhaps Edwards's biggest fan, and it's fun to imagine how good Edwards will become under Akina's tutelage. Along with Frank Buncom IV, Quenton Meeks, and Justin Reid, Edwards gives the Cardinal as good a group of defensive back recruits as any in the country, and it won't be long before all four of them are on field in Cardinal and White.