Washburn Rural stars Downing, Edwards, White sign national letters of intent

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Washburn Rural's Savian Edwards remembers the conversations clearly.

"We've all been talking about it since eighth grade," Edwards said. "What we're going to do when we get older, how we're going to do it."

And on Thursday, he marked a meaningful moment of his future with the two who have been there for everything leading up to it. Junior Blue standouts Edwards, Armahn Downing and Jordan White all signed National Letters of Intent to play college sports.

"I wouldn't want to sign with anyone else," Edwards said. "These are my brothers."

White is going on to play football at Drake University. He played both football and basketball for Washburn Rural, thinking he would actually go on to play college basketball before this past football season.

Edwards and Downing will actually be hooping in college. The former signed to play at Kansas Wesleyan while the latter is on his way to Peru State, his mom's alma mater.

The three Junior Blues helped Washburn Rural boys basketball finish in second place in 6A this year. White said with accomplishments like that, they left a lasting impact on their high school.

"When we came into this high school, this is what we wanted to do," White said. "We wanted to change kind of the culture of what it was when we came here."

And others took notice. A very large crowd turned out to watch them sign, one that included friends they've competed with from other schools.

"We didn't expect a lot of people to show out like that," Downing said. "But we had a lot of people come in from different schools, a lot of people coming who weren't even related to us. So it felt good."

Now, it feels even better to have accomplished the mission they set out all those years ago.

"Everything's just kind of falling into plan and it's a dream come true, honestly," Edwards said.