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“Louisburg told me they liked me because my highlights had me playing receiver and DB,” Edmundson said. “They really like me as DB but if they need me on offense, that’s what they said they would do. They would put me on offense because of my speed and athleticism and I can pretty much play running back, receiver or DB.” Foster thinks defense is Edmundson’s calling. “He’ll be a good lockdown corner with his hips, his speed, just his makeup — if he gets beat, he can make it up in a hurry,” Foster said. “Plus, he’s so raw at it. That’s what I told the coaches I’ve talked to about him. He’s going to be like a sponge when he gets there because he’s going to learn so much more. He’s really had a year and a half of football.” Edmundson, who never played defense in middle school, said it was a tough transition but he enjoyed it. “My junior year was good, but my senior year was my best year,” he said with a smile. Edmundson also returned kickoffs and posted 539 all-purpose yards, including 191 on six interceptions. The video of his one-handed pick and subsequent return for a TD (that was negated by a penalty) ended up being tweeted by the website Bleacher Report, earning Edmundson some fame. But his lack of focus on academics his first two years at Southern Nash and being a relative unknown until last fall, kept Edmundson from getting any attention from NCAA FBS programs. Now he hopes that he will get there from Louisburg. “Their main goal is to get me where I’m supposed to be and that’s playing at Division I level. I chose because that’s what it can get me and that’s where I can be,” he said. Ultimately, he wants to be reunited with former Southern Nash teammate Zonovan Knight, who graduated in December so he could enroll early at N.C. State. “We talked about when we were little,” Edmundson said. “He used to stay not too far from me, where I could walk down to his house. I looked up to him for his success in playing football. He told me all four years to play football but I just didn’t listen. I was so focused on basketball.” Now that focus has turned to football and Edmundson thinks that path can take him far. “Hopefully, playing at a Division I school somewhere, hopefully still in North Carolina and I hope it could be N.C. State,” he said. Foster thinks that Edmundson can overcome the difficulty of traversing the junior college route and find his way to a major college program. “It’s like I told him the first couple of years that he wasn’t doing what he was supposed to be doing in the class room, he’s going to make up for it there,” Foster said. “Everybody has different routes, different ways they get to where they need to get to. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s just something he needs to do. “If I didn’t think he could do it, I wouldn’t have ever contacted anybody.”