New College of Hawaii soccer commit Tru Edwards has been across the sport so long as he can bear in mind. His father, Troy, was the 13th total decide of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier than an eight-year NFL profession. Previous to that, he was the winner of the Fred Biletnikoff Award at Louisiana Tech in 1998, yearly given to varsity soccer’s high broad receiver.
Tru Edwards created his personal path by committing to Hawaii out of Navarro School in Texas, selecting the Rainbow Warriors over different FBS provides from Troy and UT-San Antonio. As he will get set to hitch the crew this summer season, he’ll take classes realized from his father with him.
“He’s been actual vital. Simply from every part, he helps prepare me and mainly simply lives and sleeps soccer,” Edwards advised KHON2 sports activities director Rob DeMello. “All the pieces is de facto soccer and so he was actual vital and an enormous a part of this.”
“I’m actual assured. I really feel that I used to be blessed with a number of expertise and simply coming in and having a very good background, being taught by a Biletnikoff Award winner enjoying eight years within the NFL, he simply mainly confirmed me the way in which, mainly the solutions to the check so I’m actual assured and I’m an actual assured particular person, identical with my dad,” Edwards later added. “We’re actual huge in simply believing in ourselves so I’m actual assured. Actual assured.”
The prospect of constructing the far trek to the islands doesn’t faze Edwards, whose prepared to go nearly anyplace to get on the gridiron.
“For me, no matter college was snug for me, that’s no matter college I used to be going to decide on. Very first thing I all the time advised coach, distance doesn’t matter,” Edwards stated. “I had a pair good talks with the coaches, I really feel that they like me and I imagine what they was telling me and I simply made that alternative and felt snug with it. I simply really feel like I slot in in that offense and naturally, Hawaii throws the ball rather a lot and that additionally helped me make my alternative.”
Regardless of by no means residing within the islands earlier than, Edwards will have already got an island connection in former NFL fullback Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala. The Saint Louis alum was shut associates with Troy Edwards, as the 2 had been teammates for each the Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars.
“As quickly as I advised him I used to be excited by Hawaii and Hawaii provided me, I simply went and advised Fu and he was like, yeah, for those who come out, we’ll care for you and be sure to’re good in order that had a component in it too,” Tru Edwards recalled.