As a kid, Carter Edwards began watching “How the Universe Works” on the Discovery Channel and developed an interest in space.
As a football player, Edwards has developed into a monster offensive lineman with college recruiters eying his talent.
Luckily for Edwards, he’s found a place where both of his interests can come together. This week, the 6-foot-6, 278-pound lineman from Presbyterian Christian School in Hattiesburg, Miss., gave his verbal commitment to join the Colorado football team as part of the 2022 recruiting class.
Edwards, rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com, is the first offensive lineman in the class for CU head coach Karl Dorrell and line coach Mitch Rodrigue.
“They have like the eighth-ranked (aerospace) program in the country,” Edwards said of his choice to commit to CU. “And, I love the coaches, coach Rod and coach Dorrell.”
Edwards visited CU earlier this month and thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
“The first thing I did when we got there was we toured the aerospace building and that was really impressive,” Edwards said. “Then we met up with the group (of other recruits).”
Current offensive lineman Austin Johnson was Edwards’ player host and the two connected well, Edwards said. Between the aerospace program, the restaurants, the coaches and the players he met, Edwards had no doubt he could enjoy playing for the Buffs.
“Absolutely,” he said.
A native of Mississippi, Edwards has lived most of his life in the Magnolia State and there was some belief by others that he would choose to play at Ole Miss – one of 10 schools to offer him a scholarship.
The chance to experience something new was appealing, however.
“That was a big reason I chose Colorado,” he said. “I really liked it over there.”
On the field, Edwards has been a right tackle at Presbyterian Christian and projects as a tackle with the Buffs.
“I just like (tackle) more,” he said. “I have had some experience with center and guard because of these camps, but I like how (tackle) is more free.”
In the fall of 2022, Edwards would join what could a very young, but talented group of tackles. Frank Fillip and Max Wray are both sophomores, while Jake Wiley is a redshirt freshmen and Gerad Christian-Lichtenhan is a true freshman. Junior Chance Lytle, sophomore Kanan Ray, redshirt freshmen Noah Fenske and Johnson could also play tackle.
Edwards is looking forward to one day playing tackle for the Buffs. He’s also excited about a future off the field, especially with Ball Aerospace located near campus.
“It’s close to the school and that’s where a lot of people go when they graduate from (the aerospace program),” he said.
It was also part of the draw to CU for Edwards, who is pleased to have made his college choice.
“I will miss the (recruiting) process, but I’m beyond happy it’s ended,” he said.