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Notre Dame commit Dylan Edwards fueled by self-belief
Dylan Edwards committed to Notre Dame in August. (Courtesy: @dylann.edwards/Instagram)

Notre Dame commit Dylan Edwards fueled by self-belief

DERBY, Kan. (BVM) — Dylan Edwards has emerged as one of the very best running backs in the entire country. According to 247 Sports, he is No. 10 tailback in the nation.

But he is not the typical coveted high school recruit. 

Edwards’ family moved to Derby, Kansas, in 2013. He was born in Inglewood, California, but his parents were originally from Wichita. They ultimately decided to move back home in order to be closer to Dylan’s grandparents.

Unfortunately from a football aspect, Kansas does not receive the same type of recruiting attention as states like California, Texas or Florida do. But Edwards is making a point to change that.

“It’s a chip on your shoulder every time you go to a camp,” Edwards said. “If you hear I’m from Kansas, people do a little laugh. But I believe in my game every time I go to a camp or anytime I’m on the field. I think coaches saw that. They don’t look at Kansas, they just look at the player.”

Listed at 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, Edwards shows with every run that size is just one element of the entire picture. With what you lack in size, you can make up for long days in the weight room and just an overall passion for the game of football.

Edwards has had that passion ever since he began to suit up in youth leagues. In the back of his mind, he always knew he could get to the level that he is at today with the right type of work ethic.

“I believed it and I felt like I could do it,” Edwards said. “Coming to high school, my goal was to go Division I and to have all of my dreams come true.”

On a weekly basis, Edwards puts on a show with his dynamic speed for Derby High School. 

For Edwards, it runs in the blood. His father, Leon, also was a running back, playing at Kansas State University in the 1990s. And for a while, Dylan was just seen as Leon’s kid. But as he continues to get older and better, he is creating his own path.

After a stellar junior campaign, he started to receive recognition at a national level.

Dylan racked up 3,214 total yards with 40 touchdowns in 2021. He was the easy choice for the Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year.

This was coming off of his sophomore season where he led Derby to a state title. Throughout the year, he showed off his versatility in the passing and return game.

No matter his role, Dylan’s blazing speed has gotten the attention of plenty of top-tier football programs across the country. 

In August, he announced his commitment to Notre Dame.

“I just love what they’re doing there,” Dylan said. “They have a really good class and I really feel like I can show my talents up there in South Bend.”

In January, Notre Dame fans will get to watch Dylan in action at the Under Armour All-American Game. For Edwards who grew up watching the game as a kid, it will be a special moment for the high school senior.

“That was my goal since I was in like sixth grade,” Dylan said. “Watching that game, you are seeing all the players that are going to be next in college football. It’s the top honor in the country. Just playing in that game is the most special thing ever.”

Most recruits at this stage in their high school careers begin to brainstorm on what their collegiate goals will be, but Dylan is the opposite. He is focused on Derby’s weekly matchup and doing whatever it takes for another state title.

“That’s really my only goal,” Dylan said. “As far as individual goals, I’m just going to continue to do whatever I need to do to win every week. I’m just going to do everything in my power to help my team win.”