AUSTIN, Texas (BVM) — Michigan State football commit Bo Edmundson has been playing football his whole life. Now, Edmundson is ready to go out on top and lead the Lake Travis Cavaliers to their seventh state title.
Though for Edmundson, football wasn’t always a path that seemed likely.
“Lake Travis has treated me very well,” Edmundson said. “I moved here in the second grade and really didn’t know that football was going to be for me. We found a good school district and football seemed to work out.”
It has worked out for Edmundson quite well. And he hasn’t done it all by himself either. His dad and brother have played a crucial role in his love for football.
“Throwing the football in the backyard with my dad and my brother [was special],” Edmundson said. “Playing baseball, basketball and football growing up. Whatever sport was in season, is what we were playing in the back yard. I guess I just liked it a little bit more when football was in season.”
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Edmundson quickly excelled on the gridiron. He decided to give up other sports he loved in order to pursue a future in football.
“Right now, I’m just playing football,” Edmundson said. “I stopped playing basketball and baseball when I [headed] into high school and it’s paid off. Being able to focus on my craft every day, being in the weight room every day, getting big, faster and stronger and being with the football guys every day and continuing to form that bond with your teammates, it’s cool.”
For a player like Edmundson, perfecting his craft is something he takes seriously. He worked every day in hopes of one day being a starting quarterback. Edmundson got his shot in his sophomore year.
“Our starting quarterback went down with an injury during fall camp,” Edmundson said. “So, I got thrown into the fire and the confidence [in myself] was definitely there.”
That confidence was reflected by his statistics and Lake Travis’ overall record of 6-1. Edmundson completed 68% of his passes and threw 17 touchdown passes for 1,409 yards. In a shortened season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was an impressive feat for the young quarterback.
Following an impressive sophomore season, Edmundson started to attract the attention of Division 1 programs such as Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin and others.
But like his methodical play style, Edmundson wanted to take it slow and show he could still do more on the football field. That’s exactly what he did in his junior year.
Heading into the 2021-22 season, Lake Travis was ranked No. 81 nationally. The Cavaliers finished No. 53 thanks to the play of Edmundson. With an overall record 12-3, it was a significant improvement for the Cavaliers. Edmundson also improved, completing 62% of his passes for 3,239 yards and 38 TDs. He threw only nine interceptions the entire year as well.
But there’s always more to accomplish for athletes like Edmundson.
“Our season was good, we tied for third in the biggest divisions in all of high school football,” Edmundson said. “It’s a huge accomplishment for us, but that’s not what we’re looking to do. We want to be state champions and third place isn’t good enough for us.”
Edmundson and the Cavaliers are preparing for the 2022-23 season. It’ll be the final one for Edmundson, but his future as a football player is bright. He announced in early February that he’d be committing to play football at Michigan State.
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Edmundson is the fifth member of the Class of 2023 to announce his commitment to MSU. And for Edmundson, it was all about the relationship between him and quarterback coach Jay Johnson.
“Honestly having that relationship with Coach Jay Johnson [is great],” Edmundson said. “Ever since I got my offer, he’s been in contact with me which was a huge thing [for me]. And then getting to campus and for my parents to meet him face-to-face. The campus was beautiful. I’m excited to get up there.”
Along with the relationship with Coach Johnson and falling in love with campus, the lure of playing Big Ten football played a crucial role in the Spartans landing the three-star QB.
“It’s the SEC and Big 10 and then everybody else,” Edmundson said. “[At MSU] you’re playing Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State every single year. Being able to play those four or five historically great teams every year is [insane]. You’re playing in front of hundreds of thousands of people week in, week out.”
Edmundson still has to finish up his prep career before setting foot in Lansing. And when he puts on the green and white, the competition is going to be next level. The Spartans currently have six quarterbacks on their roster. Adding Edmundson will help improve the quarterback room if a number of those players decide to enter the transfer portal.
Also, as a Spartan, Edmundson can follow in the steps of the best MSU quarterbacks that date back to Mark Dantonio’s tenure. Quarterbacks like Kirk Cousins, Connor Cook and Brian Lewerke.
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But for the next year, Edmundson will be focusing on bringing a state title back to Lake Travis. And with the schedule for the 2022-23 set, one better believe Edmundson and the Cavaliers will be ready for kickoff at Cavalier Stadium.