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Posted December 12, 2012
Prairie’s Edmonds commits to Northern Iowa

Cedar Rapids Prairie's Jarred Edmonds (10) leaves behind Cedar Rapids Xavier's Wes Gardner (27) in the first half of their game at Xavier on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Cedar Rapids. (Liz Martin/The Gazette-KCRG)

The Northern Iowa Panthers have had some pretty good luck recruiting wide receivers out of the Metro. You might remember some guy named Dedric Ward.

If Jarred Edmonds can go on to have half the career of the former Cedar Rapids Washington prep and NFL player, he should be happy. So should UNI.

Edmonds gave a verbal commitment Wednesday to play college football in Cedar Falls. The Cedar Rapids Prairie standout will sign his letter of intent Feb. 6.

“Yeah, I know who (Ward) is,” Edmonds said. “That’d be awesome if I could accomplish everything he did in his career. I’m going to work my butt off to try and get there.”

Edmonds was a second-team Class 4A pick on the INA all-state football team, catching 63 passes for 1,267 yards and 16 touchdowns. His yardage total was third in the state.

He also played defensive back for the Hawks, but make no mistake, it’s receiver he’ll play in college. He has good size at 6-foot-2 and will beef up from the 175 pounds he is now.

“Pretty awesome. Very excited for him. I think he’ll have an outstanding college career,” said Prairie Coach Mike Morrissey. “Jarred will fit in very well with their scheme up there. He is a very dynamic player who is only going to get better. He is a total-effort kid who is going to really thrive at the receiver position now that he can focus on just that.”

Edmonds said he was being recruited by Northwest Missouri State, Upper Iowa, Winona State and others. Iowa and Iowa State asked him to walk on.

“I went on my visit the first week in December, and loved the campus, love the program, loved everything about UNI,” he said.

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