Where are they now: Eteyen Edet
Much has changed in the last year for Eteyen Edet.
After missing NCAA qualifying standards, Edet enrolled at Milford Academy last summer. His stint at the prep school in New Berlin, N.Y. was short-lived, however, thanks to Edet joining the team out of shape and clashing with a member of the Milford coaching staff. Edet was rerouted to North Carolina Tech in Charlotte, but his departure from Milford caused Maryland to cut ties with him.
Now, a year after signing with the Terps, Edet’s still looking for another place to play football in college. He had a successful prep season at North Carolina Tech, but still has some business to attend to academically, according to former Friendly assistant Marcus Berry.
“He didn’t sign anywhere this year. Basically, we’re trying to get him qualified,” Berry said. “He needs 30 more points, but he’ll get there. ... He had a really good season. The coaching staff did tell me that. If he wasn’t the best defensive player there, he was one of the top two or three best.”
Berry mentioned four schools that are still monitoring Edet’s progress.
“Ohio University, Akron, Michigan State still has some interest and also North Carolina has interest also,” Berry said. “But like I said, when he qualifies, we’ll just go from there. It’s kind of hard to find a 6-2, 245-pound linebacker with his ability.”
Berry said Edet is back home in Staten Island, N.Y., studying for the SAT and ACT, but he’ll soon return to Maryland to live with his aunt in Fort Washington.
“He told me he’s supposed to come back in the next week or two,” Berry said. “He’ll just work out and do everything here. He’ll have a better opportunity [to concentrate on his studying].”
It’s been a difficult year for Edet, but Berry said he’s putting the past behind him. Edet’s completely focused on getting a qualifying test score and putting himself in position to earn a Division I scholarship.
“He came out gangbusters for us at Friendly. He’s one of the best Mike linebackers we’ve ever had,” Berry said. “He gets off blocks great, he’s a great rusher and blitzer, he runs well. He’s a can’t miss. Whoever gets him is going to be stealing. ... When he gets qualified, we’ll find him a place.”
Click on the YouTube player for highlights of Edet at North Carolina Tech. The music in the clip contains profanity.