First things first: How do you pronounce Eteyen Edet? It's simple really. E-TAY-IN, ED-IT. "It's Nigerian," explained Edet.
A first-team All-State honoree, Edet made a big mark for Friendly HS in his only season with the Maryland-school, recording 101 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. "I'm very aggressive and I play with high intensity," Edet said. "I'm a sideline to sideline type player. I'm the quarterback of the defense. I'm in on everything."
With his senior season behind him, Edet's full attention has turned to his recruitment. He's focused on five programs right now – Ohio (Jan. 5-6), North Carolina (Jan. 11-12), Louisville (Jan. 18-19), Pittsburgh (Jan. 25-26) and Michigan State and he's scheduled four official visits in January.
"It's definitely going to be a busy month," Edet said. "Every week in January I'm on the road. I've got Ohio U this weekend. Next weekend I've got North Carolina. The weekend after that I have Louisville. The weekend after that I go to Pittsburgh. And I'm going to try to get to Michigan State during one of those weeks."
"I can't say that's my final five but that's the five right now," added Edet.
Here's how Edet breaks down his five favorites:
Ohio: "I like the coach that is recruiting me. He's a real cool guy. He is real straight-forward with me. I really like that. I don't know much about the school but it kind of looks like an Ivy League school in pictures. I'm looking forward to seeing how it looks."
North Carolina: "They're a winning school from the women's basketball team to the men's basketball team. Football is the only program not winning and I feel I can go down there and help turn it around."
Louisville: "Louisville is one of my dream schools since I was a little kid. There's just something about those Cardinals that makes me want to be a Cardinal. Growing up I loved Louisville. They just have swagger. I love how they represent. I watched the game against Miami a couple years ago when they were dancing on their bird and Louisville took it personally and handed it to them. I loved that. I like them a lot."
Pittsburgh: "I don't know much about Pitt. That's why I want to take a visit there. They share facilities with the Pittsburgh Steelers and that's another reason why I want to visit there and check it out."
Michigan State: "It's just Big 10 football. I'm looking forward to seeing (them)."
Academics will play a big part in Edet, who boasts better than a 3.0 GPA. "I'll be looking to see if the school has my major, what their graduation rate is and how early I can graduate and start working on my master's (degree)," Edet said. "I don't care how big the school is I just want to be able to go there for four years, have a good time, get a good education and do what I love – and that's playing football."
As for Louisville, Edet is looking forward to meeting new defensive coordinator Ron English and linebacker coach Ted Roof during his official visit. "I've just been talking to coach (Tony) Alford and I'll be able to talk to the new defensive coordinator on my visit," Edet said. "If he coached at Michigan he's got to know what he is doing because Michigan has played well for a long time."