Friday, January 30, 2015

From Big Texas to Big Rapids, Waverly DE/TE Austin Edwards heads to Ferris State University

Lansing Waverly is at it again. Just a week after 2015 DL Deonte Braxton committed to Northern Michigan University, teammate Austin Edwards 2015 TE/DE has committed to Ferris State University.

Edwards started his career as a freshman DE on varsity in Texas playing for Taft High School. "I started my freshman and sophomore year in Texas." said Edwards. "My coach really pushed me to be the best player I could be and I owe that to him."

Edwards had a major change when he moved to Michigan. "Going from a role player to a play maker is big," said Edwards. Edwards became a major play maker at Waverly. He led the team in tackles on defense and receptions on offense his senior year. "It was a crazy transition but I made it work." said Edwards.

"Ferris has a great coaching staff and family environment. I felt at home there." answered Edwards when asked why he decided on Ferris State. Edwards feels like he could have a major impact on an already dominate defense. "It will be interesting to see what happens." said Edwards.

Edwards committed on January 26th and  will be signing his National Letter of Intent February 4th at Waverly High School.



Cotton Neff - Gaylord - RB - Class of 2015 Player Profile




  • High School:
    •  Gaylord
  • Graduation Year:
    •  2015
  • Primary Position:
    •  RB
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • N/A
  • Height:
    • 5'7"
  • Weight:
    • 165 lbs
  • #1 Most Memorable Game:
    • The most memorable game for me would be our homecoming game because of the anxiety of the game going back and fourth. We came out on top 49-41 winning back our trophy with seconds to go. 
  • Athlete you try building your game around:
    • An athlete I would build myself around is Adrian Peterson because of his recovery coming back from his injury so strongly. He shows me there is always a way as long as you have a will. 
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Engineering 
  • Experience:
    • 3 years of varsity
  • Greatest High School Achievement:
    • Recovering from a torn ACL
  • Offseason Goal (s):
    • Improved 40 time and becoming stronger and bigger. 
  • Stats:
    • Sophomore year: all conference 
    • Junior year: coaches special mention and honorable mention 
    • Senior year: 2nd team all conference
  • College Offers:
    • Adrian and Olivet
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Adrian, Olivet, Siena Heights, Concordia, Michigan Tech, Northwood, SVSU
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Olivet, Trine, Adrian, Hope, Siena Heights 
  • Intangibles:
    • I think as every play as my last, I do not take any play for granted. I try to think as every play as my last giving every thing I have. Run hard, Run to score, play with passion.
  • How I play the game:
    • Fast, smart, under control, and with pasison

HUDL Highlights



What has been your biggest challenge in High School football so far?

Cotton Neff - "My biggest challenge was recovering from a torn ACL, keeping hope."

What are keys to performing at your positions?

Cotton Neff - "My keys are to run hard, run fast, run to score, And play with swagger."

What are some personal goals you have set for this upcoming season?

Cotton Neff - "100 yards a game."

What would you want a college coach to know about you, if he was interested in recruiting you?

Cotton Neff - "I don't like to lose. I play the game with heart. I cannot stand to lose no matter if it's a card game I hate to lose, but you can't win them all. I do not give up and do not quit. I will strive to out work others being the best."

What are things you have learned from Upperclassmen and try to apply to your work ethic or routine?

Cotton Neff - "I have learned more about hard work, that every lift, every play, every sprint, every stretch makes you better don't take it off."

What is a team your school looks forward to playing and why?

Cotton Neff - "My team looks forward to playing Cheboygan because our coaches can't stand them."

Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous? 
  • 2nd team all conference


Jamari Collins - Ypsilanti Lincoln - DE - Class of 2016 Player Profile




  • High School:
    • Ypsilanti Lincoln
  • Graduation Year:
    •  2016
  • Primary Position:
    •  DE
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • N/A
  • Height:
    • 6'2"
  • Weight:
    • 190 lbs
  • #1 Most Memorable Game:
    • Game against Ypsilanti because we were down 20-0 at half time at our homecoming and for the SEC white championship and we came back and won 28-27 
  • Athlete you try building your game around:
    • Julius Peppers because he is long, plays fast, quick off the ball, and plays with power and physical when needed and that is the way I play my game.
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Undecided
  • Experience:
    • 1 year of varsity
  • Greatest High School Achievement:
    • Leading my team in sacks this season
  • Offseason Goal (s):
    • To get better and keep working to be able to play at the next level.
  • Stats:
    • JV:13 tackles 4 sack 4 assist tackles 1 pass deflection 
    • Varsity: 9 tackles 9 sacks 7 assist tackles 1 pass deflection 2 fumble recoveries
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Miami (FL)
    • Notre Dame
    • Eastern Michigan
    • Central Michigan 
    • Toledo
    • Bowling Green
    • Akron
    • Northern Illinois  
    • Saginaw Valley St.
    • Ferris St.
    • Tiffin
    • Wayne St.
  • Intangibles:
    • I'm a hardworker and I'm very easy to be coached I love to win and I play hard every snap I'm on the field making my reps count. 
  • How I play the game:
    • Smart, fast, long and quick, coachable and will give all I have everytime I'm on the field.

HUDL Highlights



What has been your biggest challenge in High School football so far?

Jamari Collins - "My biggest challenge of high school football has been lacking ideal body mass at my position. I'm strong and physical but lack the body size of a defensive end; that has been my challenge in high school football."

What are keys to performing at your positions?

Jamari Collins - "Keys to performing at my position is to play smart, low and to let the game come to you.  If you think too much or second guess yourself then mistakes begin to happen for sure."

What are some personal goals you have set for this upcoming season?

Jamari Collins - "For this upcoming season I want to have my best and the teams best season of high school football."

What would you want a college coach to know about you, if he was interested in recruiting you?

Jamari Collins - "I'd want the coach to know that I'm a hardworker, I'm very coachable, good IQ for the game, and will give 110% for the team and I everytime I'm on the field."

What are things you have learned from Upperclassmen and try to apply to your work ethic or routine?

Jamari Collins - "The one thing I learned is to never count your reps but make your reps count because you never know when the last time you get to play football again."

What is a team your school looks forward to playing and why?

Jamari Collins - "Our school looks forward to playing Ypsilanti and Belleville because those two teams are our across town rivals and we have playing each other for years."