When Donovan Edwards graduated from Pinole Valley High School in 2007, he knew he was too small to be a Pac-10 offensive lineman.
Now, after a year at Diablo Valley College, Edwards is making the jump he’s always wanted to.
Edwards orally committed on Sunday to play at UCLA in the 2008 season, ending a recruiting process that saw the 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman also get offers from Washington State and San Diego State.
Edwards also received interest from Florida, Miami, Cal and USC but the opportunity to play right away gave the Bruins a leg up.
“This past winter, after the season, (DVC coach Mike Darr) told me i would be highly sought after if i got in the weight room,” Edwards said. “(UCLA) has great coaching and it’s a great atmosphere.”
Edwards is spending the summer in the classroom, taking additional classes at DVC to bolster his GPA. He gave Darr much of the credit for his success over the past year, saying the coach worked hard to get Edwards noticed by Pac-10 coaches.
“He came to DVC saying I want to play in the Pac-10 when I leave here,” Darr said. “When you set a goal like that, there’s no excuses. You’ve got to dedicate yourself to that and he did that.”
Edwards said that as long as everything goes according to plan with his classes, he will head to Los Angeles on July 24 to begin working out with the team.
Darr also added that former DVC and Mt. Diablo defensive back Antoine Pier has signed with Ouachita Baptist, a Division II school in Arkansas.