High School: USC

DALLAS – The nation’s top recruit said his commitment to Florida State may not be a closed case Thursday.

Denton Ryan defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. sent that message to the audience at the 2011 Tom Landry Award presentation, as well as a local TV audience.

“Right now I am verbally committed to Florida State, but I am keeping my options open,” Edwards said on stage.

Edwards says he still has LSU and Oklahoma under consideration and is also taking a recruiting trip to Texas this weekend. After traveling to Austin, Edwards will take trips to LSU and Oklahoma and said he may even travel west to check out USC.

Edwards says he’s taking time to envision himself in the game plans of schools other than Florida State.

“I’m seeing how I could fit into the scheme of a defense and just the atmosphere of the whole campus,” Edwards said.

Edwards committed to Florida State in March of this year, but was in attendance at Oklahoma’s Big 12 opener against Missouri, according to ESPN HornsNation.

Edwards then told ESPN National Recruiting that after watching OU dismantle Texas in the Red River Rivalry, he saw the Sooners as a good fit.

He went on to say that he wants to escape the shadow of his father, former Florida State and Dallas Cowboys player Mario Edwards Sr., and “start his own trend.”

Edwards also said he had bumped up his weight from 270 pounds to 290 pounds, Thursday.

Edwards was a finalist for the Landry Award, given each year to Dallas-Fort Worth’s top football player, which went to Aledo running back Johnathan Gray.

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