Miami DT Braynon Edwards commits to Tulane

Tulane’s new stadium and colors were a major attraction in defensive tackle Braynon Edwards of Gulliver Prep School in Miami’s decision to commit to the Green Wave Monday night, even though he’s never seen either in person.

“It’s going to be a great experience to be part of the first class to open up that stadium,” said Edwards (6-foot-2, 340 pounds) said. “And green is my color. I really liked the way it fit the uniforms.”

Edwards, who has his first campus visit scheduled for early August, is Tulane’s sixth commitment for its 2014 class. He said he also received offers from Georgia Tech, Alcorn State and Bethune-Cookman.

“I really loved the Tulane coaches,” he said. “And my parents were very attracted to the academics.”

Committing before his senior year will allow Edwards to concentrate on football this fall, he added.

“Now I can put recruiting out of my mind and just focus on football,” he said. “I’m going to go hard and not worry about anything else.”

At 340 pounds, Edwards acknowledged he is extremely heavy, especially for a 16-year-old, but that he felt he can handle it.

“I’m trimming down some,” he said. “But I still think I can move better than most guys my size.”