Nation's top defender Edwards enjoys his visit to LSU

He remains committed to Florida State, but the top defender in the Class of 2012 still has LSU fans hoping that he'll change his mind and land in Baton Rouge.

Mario Edwards and his father took an official visit to LSU this past weekend, and the pair enjoyed their time with the coaching staff, according to Shea Dixon of

The senior Edwards, a star defender at Florida State from 1996 to 1999 before enjoying an NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, raved about the facilities, the school's academics and the fact that the Tigers have one of the more talented rosters and respected coaching staffs in the nation. Now his son and namesake, a Billy Ryan High School star (Denton, Tex.), must decide if LSU made such a strong impression in his final visit to decommit and become a Tiger. According to his father, he will sort his options out this week, with a probable announcement occuring February 1 on National Signing Day.

Edwards had eliminated Texas from consideration before his weekend visit to Baton Rouge.

The 6-4, 297-pounder would be a huge "get" for Tigers head coach Les Miles after the team lost out on top quarterback Gunner Kiel, who decommitted from the team to enroll early at Notre Dame. While LSU has strong depth across its defensive line, Edwards is an immense talent ready to see the field early in his career in Baton Rouge. He has been told by his doctor that he could grow to at least 6-6, which is a scary thought because of how dominant he has already proven to be in high school. Meanwhile, he is currently the top prize in FSU's class, which also features blue-chip pass rushers Chris Casher and Dante Fowler, and is still considered by many to be set on enrolling in Tallahassee.

But this is college football recruiting, a landscape where nothing is unexpected.

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