2014 OLB/WR Marshall Andrew Eddins (6’4, 220, 4.58/40) of Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee hasn’t been offered yet, but he hears from LSU, Vanderbilt, and Middle Tennessee St. quite often.
MTSU and LSU are recruiting him the hardest currently. “I have the most letters from LSU. They sent me a thick packet in the mail telling me that they were very interested in me. I’ve been personally invited to the camps and they’ve asked for my top 25 plays for review,” he said. “One of my coaches got a call from the LSU staff requesting my film and we mailed it to them.”
In 2011, Eddins tallied 95 tackles at OLB. At wideout, he caught four passes, two for TDs and averaged 29 yds. per catch. He was named Breakout Player of the Year in Region 3-2A. He also starts at power forward for the basketball team and averages 12 points and 12 rebounds per game, while maintaining a 3.71 GPA.
Grace Christian Academy’s star athlete has camped at Vandy and MTSU twice, Arkansas St., North Carolina, NC State, and Western Kentucky.
He has a group of favorite programs already in mind. “It’s a fluid Top 6, but Vanderbilt, LSU, MTSU, UCLA, USC, and Texas A&M.”
Eddins talked about what he’s seeking from a college football program. “It’s a privilege for an athlete to play for a winning program and I would prefer to play for a competitive program, but I want to play for a university with heart and desire that doesn’t ever give up,” he said. “A competitive non-conference schedule will attract me also.
“As far as school location, I’ll play anywhere in the United States besides Alaska.”
He’s willing to bide his time early in his collegiate career, but he would like a clear path to playing time as he develops. “I’m not looking to start as a freshman, I’m just looking for time by my sophomore year and be in position to start in my junior and senior seasons.”
It’s early in his recruiting process and Eddins is still collecting interest, but he has an idea when he might narrow his college choices down. “I’d like to have my favorites picked by the end of this season, but there’s no firm timetable for that or a verbal commitment at this point,” he told Deep South Recruiting. “But if LSU offered me, it would be hard to say no to the Tigers.”
– Michael Bradley