Woodrow Wilson High School safety Edwin Lopez made his commitment to Rutgers University official today, signing his National Letter of Intent.
Lopez announced his commitment on June 1st, choosing Rutgers over his other offers from schools such as Boston College, North Carolina State, and Syracuse.
Lopez, a consensus 3-star recruit, brings versatility to the defensive backfield. Although he projects as a safety at the next level, Lopez played a healthy amount of corner in high school and might contribute at that position early on in his Rutgers career.
It is Lopez’s size, standing at 6’1”, 185 pounds, that feeds to the idea of converting to safety by the time he is an upper classman.
Lopez’s tape reveals a smart defender with great run/pass recognition who is not afraid to fill a gap or take down a runner in the open field. Against the pass, Lopez has very good closing speed and a nose for the football, knowing when to break up the pass or close in on an interception.
Freshman Impact Index: This could ultimately depend on whether he starts his Rutgers career as a corner or a safety. If Lopez opens as a corner, that could show the need for his talent on the outside, so working his way into a nickel or dime package by the end of the year might not be totally out of the question. If he opens as a safety, this could signal the determination of the coaching staff to make Lopez one half of the safety tandem of the future. Lopez has the size to compete right away, but might benefit from a redshirt season.
Take a look at Edwin’s senior season highlights:
Welcome to the Banks, Edwin!
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