May 26, 2006

Edds excited to play for the Hawkeyes

After a very successful high school career, Indiana native A.J. Edds is ready to play tight end for the Iowa Hawkeyes. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Edds will graduate high school and continue to compete in track in the coming weeks before arriving in Iowa City for off-season workouts in June. The future Hawkeye talks about his upcoming freshman year and much more.

Q: How's your last semester of high school wrapping up?

EDDS: Good. Our last day is this Thursday, so we have finals these last three days and then we graduate on Friday. Everything's gone real well and real smooth this semester. I had the injury (broken foot) during football, but everything's healed up there. I only missed four games during basketball and we ended up having a pretty decent year. We're still running track right now and if things work out, our state track meet is June 3rd, so that's obviously after school is out. If everything goes according to plan, then hopefully I'll be running there again and that will be kind of the end of high school athletics for me I guess.

Q: You're running the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles?

EDDS: Right, plus the 4x100 and 4x400 relays as well.

Q: Do you have some of the better hurdle times in the state?

EDDS: Yeah. Our sectional meet was last Thursday and I posted the sixth best 300 time (39.09) in the state and I think the ninth best 110 time (14.56). The thing is, they were decent times, but they weren't great, so hopefully at our regional meet this coming Thursday I can go out there and bring those times down a little bit more and qualify for the state meet, but we'll see.

Q: What are the emotions like as you wind up your high school career?

EDDS: I think it's kind of like any athlete in high school that's had some success in that it's been a real fun four years. I think the biggest part will probably be missing my friends and family in leaving and going further away than most of them will be for college. But, at the same time, I'm ready to kind of take that step and grow up a little bit and be out on my own for awhile. Probably like just about any kid my age, especially playing football, I'm just ready to get things rolling here in the next couple months. I'm definitely ready and looking forward to everything, but I just want to finish up on a high note here with everything and then get it going.

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