January 17, 2013

JUCO defensive end ready for Laramie visit

While the Wyoming basketball team is in town to entertain on-again-off-again conference foe San Diego State, this weekend, it is the Wyoming football coaches who will put on a fullcourt press of their own. The Pokes are hosting a visit weekend and among the prospects visiting Laramie is junior college defensive end Justyn Eddins.

Eddins is rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and is coming off a season that saw him collect 41 tackles and three sacks for the College of the Canyons as a defensive end. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Eddins holds scholarship offers from Wyoming, Arkansas State, Sacramento State, Northern Colorado and Western Michigan.

"I think the thing I do my best on the field would be pass rushing," Eddins said. "I know my stats say I had three sacks this year, but I am not sure that is right. My highlight tape has at least five sacks on it from this year alone."

Eddins said he received a visit from Wyoming Defensive Coordinator Chris Tormey today to firm up the visit plans for this weekend. Eddins said he is working towards setting foot on a college campus in June.

"Coach Tormey who just left my house about 10 minutes ago," Eddins said Wednesday. "He told me they are ready to go. They have a good program going and they want me to get in and started as soon as they can. They see me as a defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid. From what I have seen, the facilities are amazing and it has a good business school."

As of Wednesday Eddins said his plan was to visit Arkansas State and maybe Texas State over the next month before making a college choice. He has previously visited Northern Colorado and New Mexico State. West Virginia recently got in contact with Eddins though a scholarship has not yet been offered.

He said a commitment could come this weekend during his visit but it was unlikely to happen so soon.

"It might sound weird, but when you know, you know," he said. "When I know the place I want to go, I'll feel it.

"I am going to find a place that fits me," Eddins said. "I want a place that cares about football and academics. A program that wants to win and a program that wants their athletes to do well in school. I want to be on a team that feels like a family and a brotherhood. I want to have that father-son connection with the coaches, that I would take my last breath for those coaches in the fourth quarter if they asked me to."

The road to a four-year school hasn't been linear for Eddins, but he seems happy for the journey. Eddins said he transferred high schools midway through his career and not all of the credits came with him. He tried making up the courses through the BYU online course offerings which were disallowed by the NCAA. For that reason he ended up taking the junior college route.

"It was a blessing in disguise," he said.

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