LEXINGTON, Miss. – Playing in the December 14th Mississippi vs. Alabama All-Star football game at the University of Southern Mississippi (mscoaches.com/sports/football) is another highlight in the high school career of Montra Edwards, standout defensive lineman for Holmes County Central High School (HCCHS). Montra is halfway through his senior year and has accumulated multiple accolades for his outstanding play.
During the 2018 season of his junior year, Edwards was named to the USA Today All-American 2nd team, the first time an HCCHS player was selected. He was also designated a Mississippi High School All-State team member and chosen for the Belk All-State team—one of the top 22 players in the state.
In 2018 and 2019, Montra was the District 2-5A Defensive Player of the Year. Early in 2019, the Clarion Ledger named him to their prestigious Dandy Dozen football team—a first for a Holmes County player.
All of these accomplishments will pay off in February 2020 when Edwards signs to play on scholarship for a Division I university from one of the 30 schools which have given him offers, including LSU, Virginia Tech and Florida. Scouts have noted his flexibility and agility as strengths rare in a player who is 6’3”, 290#. Marcus Rogers, his HCCHS coach, says “Montra has football IQ, knowing what opponents are going to do, just by reading their posture and position on the field. It’s a valuable skill that’s hard to teach. It just seems natural to Montra.”
Edwards is planning to major in Kinesiology with a minor in Health & Physical Education. He’s been wanting to play college football since the age of 12 when he got serious about developing and improving his skills. He went to the Texas vs. the World football camp (nucsports.com) in Duncanville, TX each of the three years of middle school where a weekend of training and practice culminated in a game. He also spent two summers at the Future Stars youth football showcase (futurestarsgame.com) playing against 7th and 8th grade students from MS, LA, and TN.
Montra and his family have visited several college campuses. He has four official visits coming during the winter before he makes his decision. These are visits in which the universities will do their best to convince him to sign with them. His father, Quintius Edwards, teaches Physical Education at Holmes County Central High School and has coached Montra since he began playing football at age 5. As Montra’s father, he’d like his son to choose a school close to home, but he understands the choice is dependent on several factors and just wants his son to be happy wherever he decides to go. He said he’s “keeping an open mind during the upcoming campus visits and looking for the best fit for his son.”