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Sunday, June 24, 2012
Decision time close for 2014 CB Ed Paris?

By Damon Sayles

Ed Paris (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview) has an idea of where he wants to play college football. Whether or not he’ll announce that decision publicly any time soon, that’s still a mystery.

Paris, a highly touted 2014 cornerback, said Sunday that while he has nearly 20 offers, there is one school in particular catches his attention enough to where an announcement could be near. Paris chose not to divulge further information, but he mentioned that the school has everything he’s looking for, athletically and scholastically.

“I’m trying to look for something that will enhance my skills, some place that has a good team environment and that will help me adjust to it,” Paris said. “I want a school that’s going to help me grow educationally. At the end of the day, it’s not about football; it’s about getting that degree.”

Paris said that before he makes any decision, he’s going to take some visits in an effort to further explore his options. He has offers from LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and a host of other programs. West Virginia was the latest to offer the 6-foot-2, 195-pound cornerback a couple of weeks ago.

Paris said while one school does stand out, he views all of his offers with the same adoration. No offer is too big or too small, and he is interested in taking a look at as many schools possible.

“Getting a major, D-1 college to sit and tell you that you have an offer, that’s totally a blessing,” Paris said. “I’m appreciative of every school that has offered me. It tells me they took time out of their day to look at me do what I love to do, which is play football. They recognize my accomplishments.”

Along with playing football, Paris is interested in pursuing a degree in either business or engineering. Athletically, he is planning on attending camps at LSU and Alabama in July. He already has attended a previous LSU camp, which he was clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.35 seconds.