August 19, 2013

Mends a good fit

Aaron Mends has always been a physical specimen, usually one of the strongest and fastest players on the field, but what his high school coach, Sterling Edwards, is most proud of is his development into a complete player and a well-rounded person away from the game. After the 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker gave his verbal commitment to Iowa over the weekend, we caught up with Coach Edwards to talk about his star player's future with the Hawkeyes and much more.

Q: First, can you just kind of talk about what kind of player Iowa is getting in Aaron Mends?

EDWARDS: Well, I mean, in my 17 years of coaching, he's the closest thing to a freak that I've ever seen physically. Since I met him as an eighth grader, he's just been a specimen. At first, he kind of relied on just always being the biggest, fastest kid, but it's been fun to watch him develop into a young man over the last four years. He knows how to play the game of football now as opposed to just being the biggest guy and faster and stronger than everybody. But he's still a big weight room guy, or a strength and conditioning guy. He squats 600 pounds and he runs a 4.58 forty, so he's got a great combination of strength and speed. He's just a physically gifted young man.

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