Noles, Canes flock to Staten Island

Augustus Edwards

Augustus Edwards has been committed to Syracuse since the summer, but a coaching change there combined with the continued late push from both Florida State and Miami (FL) have made the decision process a tough one.

Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville High was the place to be for ACC representatives on Monday. Whether it was a Syracuse vibe or coaches showing up from Florida State and Miami, all of it was surrounding three-star running back Augustus Edwards.

The Orange "soft" verbal pledge hosted Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher first.

"Things went great," he said. "He has so much to offer me with a chance to play right away in a top-five program.

"I'm getting my number and will be playing with some of the best players in the country."

Ever since FSU offered Edwards, there has been chatter about his position if he elected to ink with the reigning ACC and Orange Bowl champs, but the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder maintains that he will continue to play the position that FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com has him ranked in the top 50 nationally for instead of a hybrid fullback/running back role similar to 2012 senior Lonnie Pryor's or even something else.

"No. I'm a running back," he added. "I don't know where that rumor is coming from."

Edwards tripped to Tallahassee two weekends ago and marked it as a successful official visit. A trip to Miami (Fla.) is on deck for this coming weekend after Edwards didn't end up on an official to Rutgers as organically planned this past weekend.

"I promised Miami a visit," he added. "I'm excited to see the place."

And right after FSU left Tottenville Monday, a trio of Hurricane coaches were waiting to meet with the power back.

"They think there is a great opportunity there for me," he said. "I will fit in and can make a good impact.

"Coach [Al] Golden, Coach [James] Coley and Coach [Terry] Richardson were here."

The Canes will have their shot to impress New York's top offensive prospect just days before pen meets the paper on Wednesday, February 6. But the other team that sports orange in the equation is still doing its best to hold onto him.

After the coaching change, assistant Rob Moore has taken over duties as the New York City area recruiter and he has been in to see on of SU's top current commits of late as well.

Said Edwards, "They're even. Syracuse has been hard on me."

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