It didn’t take long for Kevaris Edgecomb to come to the realization that he wanted to commit to Missouri State.
The three-star Class of 2021 quarterback is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and grew up near Lamar Jackson. He knew the success Bobby Petrino had in turning Jackson into a Heisman Trophy winner and an eventual NFL MVP.
When the new Missouri State football coach got in contact with Edgecomb in recent weeks, that relationship grew and grew to the point where Edgecomb gave him his verbal commitment.
“It felt like home away home and I didn’t even visit the school yet,” Edgecomb said in an interview with the News-Leader. “I knew I wanted to play under his belt.”
Edgecomb gave Petrino his commitment earlier in the month after choosing the Bears over schools including Akron, Kent State, Southern Miss, Eastern Kentucky, Georgetown, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Alabama-Birmingham among others. He held a preferred walk-on offer from Michigan State.
He was previously committed to Alabama-Birmingham before decommitting in September.
The quarterback was ranked as the No. 49 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2020. He will arrive on campus before the 2021 season while coming off a season at McDougle Technical Institute Prep and some training at home.
Edgecomb is the second quarterback that Petrino has earned a commitment from since taking over as the Bears’ head coach.
Petrino landed four-star Southern Miss transfer Jaden Johnson earlier this offseason. Johnson appears to be in a good position to be the Bears’ starting quarterback when the season is scheduled to begin at Oklahoma.
Edgecomb has been able to talk to Johnson and the idea of having to compete for the starting job against someone who is young and will already have a head start apparently didn’t scare him off.
“I’m from Florida,” Edgecomb said. “I’m used to competition.”
Edgecomb describes himself as a quarterback who wants to throw before he decides to run. A quick glimpse at his film shows Edgecomb with a big frame at 6-foot-2, 220-pounds who is able to stand tall in the pocket and make a defender miss. He appears to be a quarterback with definite upside.
Coaches have told Edgecomb in the past that he has a “wimpy arm,” but not Petrino.
“He told me that I can make any throw on the field,” Edgecomb said. “People said the same thing about Lamar Jackson and he told Lamar that he could make any throw on the field.”
Edgecomb is aware of Missouri State’s past. He knows the team is coming off a 1-10 season and hasn’t made the postseason in 30 years.
But times are changing in Edgecomb’s eyes. Instead of a losing program, he sees one that is starting to go in the right direction.
“A guy like Bobby Petrino is a program-changer,” Edgecomb said. “They’re definitely going to turn the program around.”
Mikey Miles commits to Bears
Park Hill (Kansas City) Class of 2020 defensive back Mikey Miles committed to Missouri State on Friday evening.
Miles was a first-team all-state performer this past season. He had 115 total tackles and was a Suburban Gold unanimous all-conference selection after 21 tackles for loss and three interceptions.
He also held offers from Wyoming, Western Illinois and Northern Iowa.
Recent transfer announcements
A few players that were signed by the previous coaching staff have announced their intentions to transfer in recent days:
- Levi Marshall III, LB
- Edd Becton, DT
- Donovan Daniels, RB
- Jadan Abdallah, RB
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