Tottenville High (Staten Island, N.Y.) running back Augustus Edwards began an official visit to Florida State today, and by signing day he also has plans to visit Rutgers and Miami.
However, even as Edwards tours the Florida State campus, dines with coaching staff and meets the players, he remains committed to Syracuse.
"He's still committed to Syracuse but he wants to take some visits and see what is out there," Tottenville coach Jim Munson said. "He's still committed to Syracuse and they're still committed to him. (Orange) coach (Scott) Shafer has talked to him. (Assistant) coach (Rob) Moore has talked to him. That's where we're at with him."
The trips to Florida are particularly intriguing to Edwards because they are schools he has not seen in person.
"He hasn't been to Miami and Florida State yet, so we still don't know what he thinks about them," Munson said. "He's going to go down and visit and see what happens."
Edwards is set to visit Rutgers next weekend and Miami the weekend of Feb. 1, and the trip to Rutgers should be interesting.
Edwards played in a 7-on-7 there in June, and met with the Rutgers staff, including coach Kyle Flood, and was in the locker room during an unofficial visit to campus Rutgers' campus when the Scarlet Knights beat Syracuse in October.
The campus is also 25 minutes from Tottenville High, and Flood has been recruiting the school for a long time.
"Kyle and I know each other very, very well," Munson said. "They've been on him since he was a sophomore. The proximity would be nice so his family can see him play, which I think is important. They like him a lot."
Edwards made his official visit to Syracuse last month, and has no plans of returning to campus before Feb. 6 signing day, but the new Orange coach Scott Shafer and holder Rob Moore both reached out to him.
In addition, coaches from all four programs visited Edwards' school this week, but the mass changes in Syracuse's staff is playing a role in Edwards looking elsewhere.
"It factors in because they're kids," Munson said. "They get used to dealing with coach (Doug) Marrone and coach (John) Anselmo and coach (Tyrone) Wheatley, and now there's a chance and no one knows the direction the program is going to go. In the kid's mind, it's, ‘Do they still want me? I build up a relationship with them?' The kids need to understand you pick a school for a school."