By Naji Tobias
WEST PALM BEACH – Hard work and patience have paid off for Armani Edden.
The Palm Beach Lakes 2017 quarterback was ecstatic when he found about his first college scholarship offer yesterday (June 27) from Kentucky Christian. It came just one day after he led his team to the Final Four of the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 Tournament.
Edden has gained interest from the likes of FIU, East Carolina, and FAU. The Sleeper 50 selection also picked up some interest from Miami after a recent appearance at the Mark Richt Football Camp in Coral Gables.
“It’s called eye candy,” said Edden, who explained why he feels that the offer count is coming slowly right now. “I’m not 6-6, 250. I had a college coach told me if I was 6-3, they’d offer me. It’s OK. It’s hard to measure heart. That is something I know I could offer to a school.”
Edden showed off a display of fortitude and poise throughout the past weekend’s 7-on-7 Tournament, which took place at Central Park in Plantation from June 25-26. He helped the Rams engineer victories over the likes of Coral Gables and Dillard (34-28 in triple overtime) in the single-elimination rounds.
Though Palm Beach Lakes was outlasted by eventual champion Carol City – the Rams were ultimately disqualified after being down 21-14 early in the second half of the semifinal – they were the last team standing in Palm Beach County.
The other area teams in the tournament included the likes of Pahokee, Jupiter, Dwyer B, and Olympic Heights.
“I thought we did great,” Edden said. “We didn’t back down. I wished we could have finished the Carol City game though, especially because they won it all.”
With this experience under his belt, Edden wants to build on the individual success he had as a junior for Palm Beach Lakes. He racked up 1,860 passing yards and 18 touchdown passes, while adding 230 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on the ground – all in just 7 games played.
“My junior year started off slow,” Edden said. “I didn’t get started until late July and had to prove myself to the coaches and my teammates. I wish I was there sooner.”
Moving forward, Edden hopes he can lead his team to a Class 7A playoff berth this season. More realistically, he would love for Palm Beach Lakes to take down the likes of Dwyer, West Boca Raton, Royal Palm Beach, Forest Hill, and Olympic Heights to win its first-ever District 13-7A title in late October.
“I’m very grateful to be at Palm Beach Lakes High School and be given the chance to play the game I love,” Edden said. “We have an amazing team and we have a tight brotherhood. We’re not a surprise anymore.”
We’ll be watching out for the Palm Beach Lakes quarterback’s overall progress on and off the field between now and the day he signs with a college next year.