High school football

All eyes are on LR’s Edmond

Three-sport standout is receiving attention for Division I schools for his football skills

ainelson@thestate.com June 1, 2012 

Things are going to get interesting this summer for Lower Richland’s three-sport star Marcus Edmond.

He recently received football scholarship offers from Arizona, Wake Forest, and North Carolina State, and more might be in the pipeline for the cornerback as his senior season approaches.

Diamond Hornets coach Wayne Farmer was not surprised.

“Coming from other schools, I’ve put a lot of kids on a high level. Coming here, I saw a lot of things in Marcus that I saw in those other kids. I knew he was going to be a Division I talent,” Farmer said.

“He’s already qualified; he’s a man of great character. He has grace and great mannerisms,” he said.

Edmond’s first inkling that he would be a Division I prospect came last summer as he started gaining notice from scouts at camps and combines.

Edmond is rated as the top football prospect in the Midlands by scvarsity.com publisher Jim Baxter.

“It feels great, to know some of the options I have already,” Edmond said. “I just work hard and my parents push me to try at everything. It’s great to see that paying off.”

Edmond improved his stock as he played quarterback and cornerback this past season.

“He came in and did a great job and had a great season on both sides of the ball, and has a chance to do it again next year, only with bigger expectations,” Farmer said.

Edmond followed his junior season on the football field by hitting the basketball court as a guard for the Lower State finalist Diamond Hornets.

He also competed in the track and field state finals in the 400-, 800- and the 1,600-meter relay.

“But football has always been my main sport and my favorite, and I’m going to be working even harder to improve over the summer,” Edmond said.

Edmond, who plans to study engineering, said he will choose a program based on the academic possibilities.

“Whatever school I’m going to choose, I plan to commit before the season starts so I can go out and enjoy my senior season,” Edmond said.

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