- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
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Mario Edwards (Denton, Texas/Ryan), an ESPNU 150 Watch List DE, committed to Florida State on Tuesday after a weekend visit with the Seminoles.
He decided to continue the family tradition as his father, Mario Sr., was a standout defensive back for the Seminoles in the late '90s.
"Florida State was always one of my top choices because my dad played there," Edwards Jr. said. "The coaches made me feel comfortable and it was an environment that felt like home."
Although the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Under Armour All-American is built a little differently than his father, he will try to keep the No. 15 in the family name.
"I'm hoping that's the number they will let me wear," he said.
Both father and son had a chance to meet with FSU coach Jimbo Fisher and defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot, while on their visit.
After watching a practice, Edwards and Eliot went through a film session where they discussed how the elite defensive end would fit on a unit that led the nation in sacks last season.
"I think Coach Fisher is a great head coach and sitting down with Coach Eliot and watching the film I was able to see exactly how much of a fit I was for the defense," Edwards said. "At that point I was ready to commit to the program. The coaches were elated."
Edwards says LSU, Texas, Alabama, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were all being considered. He does not plan on taking any other visits at this time.
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESPNU 150 Watch List DE Mario Edwards, a UA All-American, is continuing family tradition by committing to Florida State.