- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
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Cameron Echols-Luper is heading back to his home state to play college football.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete from Auburn (Ala.) Auburn High will head to the Lone Star State next year after announcing on Tuesday that he has committed to Texas A&M.
Echols-Luper, who is ranked as the 27th-best prospect in Alabama and 108th among athletes nationally, chose the Aggies over his other finalists, TCU and Auburn, where his stepfather Curtis Luper is an assistant coach.
In July, Echols-Luper took an unofficial visit to Texas A&M and came away impressed.
"The campus -- it’s absolutely beautiful," Echols-Luper said. "The stadium was amazing. I also want to run track and college so I toured the indoor facility, which was absolutely phenomenal."
In addition to Texas A&M and TCU, Echols-Luper had offers from Arkansas State, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Memphis, Mississippi, North Carolina, Southern Mississippi, Toledo, UTEP and Vanderbilt.
Recruited by receivers coach David Beaty, Echols-Luper likely fits into the A&M offense as a receiver. Having studied what the Air Raid-style offense achieved in Houston under new Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, Echols-Luper finds the prospect of playing in it as appealing.
"The coaches there, they're great," Echols-Luper said. "I've dealt with coach Beaty and coach Kingsbury. Their offense and how they ran at Houston will also fit me as well. The talk I had coach Sumlin was him basically just telling me his point of view of how he's going to run his program and how he's going to get it done. And also his point of view of how I can help the program."
And since Echols-Luper wants to run track, the fact that Texas A&M is a national power in the sport under coach Pat Henry certainly helped the appeal of the school to him.
"Having national championships and having an indoor facility right there, it basically tells you that they're going to get it done," Echols-Luper said. "They're going to have people that can run, people that can jump, people that can run fast, they're going to have people that can do it no matter what."
Formerly of Ennis, Texas, Echols-Luper still has family in both Ennis and Dallas. Going back to his home state to play college football is something he'll take pride in.
"I'm Texas made," he said.
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