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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Speedster ATH Echols-Luper in new race

By Damon Sayles

Three-star athlete Cameron Echols-Luper (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) might play football in the Yellowhammer State, but he is a Texas kid at heart. Luper was born in Ennis, Texas, and he’s said on several occasions that if an opportunity came to play college football in the Lone Star State, he would. But now he's doing some additional looking around.

Echols-Luper, a speedster projected to play wide receiver in college, committed to Texas A&M in August. However, with several receivers expected back next year and another big crop of receiver commits -- potentially eight not including himself -- Echols-Luper decided Tuesday evening to reopen his recruiting and part ways with the Aggies.

Cameron Echols-Luper
Cameron Echols-Luper has reopened his recruitment.
Echols-Luper is looking at other options in Texas. He has an official visit to TCU scheduled for this weekend and a visit to Texas Tech scheduled for next weekend.

“I sat down with my mom and pops, and we just came to a conclusion,” said Echols-Luper, the stepson of Curtis Luper, an assistant coach under Gene Chizik at Auburn. “There are eight or nine receivers going [to A&M], and I didn’t want to fall in the depth chart. I didn’t want to redshirt or get switched to defense.

“I was talking to my dad about it all. He’s really been helping getting my game right in recruiting and with the college level. We just thought it’d be best to look around.”

Echols-Luper, 6-foot and 193 pounds, believes he can’t go wrong with either TCU or Texas Tech. Both schools will give him opportunity to grow as a receiver. TCU is looking for a big-play receiver with Josh Boyce declaring for the NFL draft. The Fort Worth campus is also less than an hour away from Ennis.

Texas Tech is about a 5 -hour drive from Ennis, but Echols-Luper could have the opportunity of being coached by new coach Kliff Kingsbury, the former offensive coordinator at Texas A&M. Texas Tech also now employs assistant coach Trey Haverty, who recruited Echols-Luper while at TCU.

“TCU is a great school and has a great football program, as well as track,” Echols-Luper said. “What gets me is the learning environment there. I know everybody thinks all small schools are the same, but it really is not. I just like the vibe there. Plus, I really get along with [cornerbacks] Coach [Clay] Jennings and Coach [Gary] Patterson.

“With Texas Tech, that’s kind of why I’m taking the visit, to see what attracts me. I don’t know a whole lot about it, but what really attracts me is that Coach Kingsbury went to [his] alma mater and is looking to bring it back. Plus, I like Coach Haverty a lot. They’re all good guys.”