Ryan DE Mario Edwards tops ESPNU 150


Denton Ryan defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. was named the No. 1 recruit in the nation Wednesday by ESPNU's college football recruiting analysts.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Florida State commit recorded 18 sacks and 127 total tackles last season for Ryan on its journey to the Class 4A Division I championship game, where the Raiders lost to Austin Lake Travis.

Here is an excerpt from Mitch Sherman's story on Edwards for ESPN Recruiting:

Last year, when the younger Edwards transferred to Denton Ryan from nearby Prosper High School on the northern edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Edwards Sr. joined coach Joey Florence's staff to work with the secondary.

"I'm addicted to it," he said. "I'm addicted to the game."

Edwards Jr. inherited that, too.

"I give his daddy all the credit," Florence said. "He knows what it takes. He brings that professionalism and NFL-caliber energy to our practices."

And the younger Edwards brings an NFL-caliber threat off the edge. Ryan doesn't get too fancy with how it uses Mario Jr. He stays on the right side. Offensive schemes designed to slow him get creative, though they don't often work.

"He's fun to coach, I know that," Florence said.

Also in the top 10 on the ESPNU 150 is Aledo running back and Texas commit, Johnathan Gray, at No. 8.