Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2021 RB Donovan Edwards Surprised By Brian Kelly

April 2, 2019

2021 West Bloomfield (Mich.) running back Donovan Edwards‍ could end up being one of the best players in the Midwest when it’s all said and done. 

The 5-foot-11, 193-pounder visited Notre Dame in January after adding an offer in December and enjoyed his time in South Bend. 

“Notre Dame is a cool place to be,” stated Edwards. “It’s very traditional and I think it’s pretty cool.”

Edwards was recently at Wisconsin with a few of his teammates and the Badgers definitely have his attention following the trip. 

“It was beautiful,” explained Edwards. “They showed us a good time in Madison. I love the coaching staff and they’re good people.” 

The chance to get the rock a ton over his career is something Wisconsin pounded home and it was well received by the West Bloomfield star.

“That’s a big factor,” stated Edwards. “I want to get the ball a lot. I don’t want to be selfish about it, but I want the ball in my hands. I feel I’m a playmaker. They run the ball a lot and they create great running backs like Jonathan Taylor.” 

New Notre Dame running backs coach Lance Taylor was hired the day after Edwards visited South Bend, but head coach Brian Kelly made a significant impression.

“I spoke with Coach Kelly and the offensive coordinator Chip Long,” said Edwards. 

“Coach Kelly told me they need a big-time running back who can impact Notre Dame. Then he said, ‘He’s from West Bloomfield and his name is Donovan Edwards.’  That meant a lot to me.” 

As for now, Edwards will get out to a few more schools this spring and hopes to return to Notre Dame in the near future.

“I haven’t thought about Notre Dame a lot lately,” said Edwards. “I like them and I want to get back down there. “I’m going to Ohio State on Monday. I’ll be going to Penn State and West Virginia in the next couple days too.”

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