Top 50 Hokies Spotlight: 'Edmundi'
Virginia Tech has their share of brothers to come through the football program, 29 sets to be exact. Joining the ‘Fuller Fam’ in our “Top 50 Hokies Spotlight”, we have the Edmunds trio or ‘Edmundi’ for short!
Let's Meet Edmundi!
Trey, Terrell, and Tremaine make up Edmundi, hailing from Danville, Virginia. They come from a competitive family with their father, a former two-time NFL Pro-Bowl TE, and their mother, a former track-star at Southern Illinois University.
Trey is the oldest brother of the trio and the first to make his way to Blacksburg. Not only was Trey a great football player, but also a basketball and track star. He led Dan River High to an undefeated regular season and a trip to the state semifinal, losing in a heartbreaker. Don’t worry, Trey got his state ring for the 200 meter dash while running track at Dan River.
Trey was the 8th ranked football player in Virginia per 247 Sports as an OLB, but was looking to play running back at Virginia Tech. He enrolled for Summer camp in 2012 and was recommended to redshirt for the 2012 season, which he did.
Trey made his presence known in game one during the 2013 season against a monster Alabama team. He rushed for 136 yards on 20 carries and a 78 yard touchdown!
And let’s not forget this gem that came along with that!
He finished the 2013 season with 675 rushing yards and 10 TDs along with 175 receiving yards and two touchdowns. After the 2015 season, Trey decided to follow his father’s footsteps and transfer to the University of Maryland.
Trey was taken as an undrafted free-agent by the New Orleans Saints after the 2017 NFL draft and is currently on the Steelers roster with his brother, Terrell.
Terrell is the middle brother of Edmundi, joining the Hokies and Trey in 2014. He played both ways in high-school at defensive back and running back, racking up an astounding 1,753 yards rushing his senior season along with 25 touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, he had 53 tackles, 32 pass deflections, and an interception. Needless to say, Terrell was the definition of an all-purpose player.
He was an all-purpose player for Dan River in basketball as well, leading them to a state championship his senior season. Yes, he ran track too!
Terrell was a 3* CB per 247 sports, but coming from such a competitive household, it was clear he was going to become an all-time great at Virginia Tech.
After redshirting during the 2014-2015 season, Terrell logged in eight starts as a redshirt-freshman in 2015-2016. His first start was against No. 1 Ohio State in Blacksburg, where the fans got to see all three pieces of “Edmundi” on the first kickoff.
Terrell finished the season with 34 tackles and 1.5 TFLs and showed lots of promise heading into his redshirt-sophomore season.
During the 2016-2017 season, Terrell made his name known amongst the ACC. He had 13 starts recording 89 tackles including 2.5 TFLs and four interceptions. A regular starter, Edmunds was key to the stout defense that led them to the ACC Championship in 2016. Did I mention he can catch passes too?
During the 17-18 season he played in 10 games making 59 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, and two interceptions. He was named Third-Team All-ACC after the conclusion of the season, where he then decided to announce he would enter the NFL Draft and forego his senior season.
Terrell had a solid NFL combine while still nursing a shoulder injury and opted out on improving those numbers on his pro day. He was projected to be a third round pick by most NFL experts, but what happened on day one of the draft shocked everyone, even Hokie fans.
He was picked in the first round (28th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers, taken over several other safeties that were available at the time. He signed his rookie contract in July and coach Mike Tomlin named him the backup safety. Well, after camp Terrell was named the starter for the 2018 season and never looked back. He had 78 tackles and one interception on the season, a pretty good start for the rookie.
Terrell only improved during 2019 season, recording 105 tackles averaging almost seven a game. With a bright future ahead of him, Terrell shows no signs of stopping.
The youngest brother of Edmundi is Tremaine, but he is definitely not the smallest. In fact, he was the biggest by quite a bit. At 6’ 5” and 220 pounds coming out of high-school, he had a major upside. Following his brothers’ footsteps, he also was a basketball and track star at Dan River. Tremaine played both sides of the ball on the football field as a running back (….now that’s a scary thought) and an OLB.
He was rated as a 3* recruit per 247 sports in the 2015 class, ranked behind people such as Josh Sweat and Clelin Ferrell. Boy, would he prove those rankings wrong…..
Tremaine was not redshirted due to his huge frame and speed; everyone wanted him on the field. He made a few eye-opening plays during his few times on the field that made fans think “Someone that big should not be able to move like that!” Tremaine had 11 tackles his true freshman season, but knew he his time was coming the following year.
As a true sophomore, Tremaine started all 14 games recording 106 tackles, 18.5 TFLs (WOW!), 4.5 sacks, and an interception. He made it clear that he was one of the best players on the field at only 18 years old, which turned the heads of other coaches and NFL Scouts. Tremaine was given Second Team All-ACC honors after the season ended.
Tremaine’s junior season was also one for the book as he recorded 109 tackles, 14 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. Undoubtedly, he was one of the best players in the country and one of the scariest to face. One could describe his style of play as ‘relentless aggression’ with a motor that never quit. He was a Butkus Award Finalist, First-Team All-ACC, and a Third-Team All-American for his play in the 2017 season.
To no one’s surprise, he decided to forego his senior season as he was projected to be a first round pick or even a top ten pick.
Tremaine was selected in the first round (16th overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was the second youngest player to ever be drafted at 19 years 11 months and 24 days old. As stated before Terrell was drafted 12 picks later by the Steelers, making the two the first ever set of brothers to be drafted in the first round together.
In his rookie season, he started every game recording 121 total tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Fun fact: he is the youngest NFL player to record an interception!
In his second year, he was already named team captain. He started every game for the Bills again recording 115 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one interception, and got his first safety on Baker Mayfield in week 10. He was invited to the NFL Pro-Bowl as a second year player, which is an incredible feat.
Exit Edmundi, Enter (Insert Clever Name Here) ?
Like the Fullers, Edmundi are beloved by the fans as they were class acts on and off the field. Hokie fans are lucky enough to see families come through the program and succeed like Edmundi because it is something that not every program gets to experience. Just makes you wonder, who could be the next great set of brothers?