DENTON, Texas -- At 8:10 a.m. CT, Mario Edwards Jr. met pen to paper. The Under Armour All-American signed his national letter of intent to Florida State. Edwards then did something that he felt he hadn't done in weeks.
It's hard to smile when you're stressed out, and Edwards -- like hundreds of other high-profile high school athletes -- went through a stressful recruiting process that included phone calls from recruiters at all hours of the night, repeated text messaging from random media representatives and messages from fans trying to sway him from Florida State by way of Facebook and Twitter.
Early Wednesday morning, Edwards' stress level came to a minimum. The nation's top-ranked player officially was a Seminole.
"I couldn't sleep. I woke up at 3 [a.m.], then 5," said Edwards, proudly wearing a black Florida State sweatshirt and a garnet Seminoles ball cap. "It's a big relief. I can finally enjoy my senior year of high school and prepare myself for the next level."