Texas A&M Aggies: Ed Paris

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

September, 2, 2013
With football season now in full swing, there was plenty of recruiting news over the weekend. From top high school performances to a five-star prospect ready to announce his decision, here is the latest news around the SEC.

Biggest commitment: There was only one commitment in the SEC over the weekend. Defensive lineman Braxton Hoyett (Pelham, Ala./Pelham) verbally committed to Mississippi State on Friday. Hoyett also had offers from Miami and UAB. The 6-foot-3, 274-pounder announced his decision via Twitter:

Lessons Learned: Dallas NFTC 

April, 7, 2013
ALLEN, Texas -- The 2013 Nike Football Training Camp tour continued in the Dallas area on Sunday as several top prospects from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana showcased their skills at the brand new Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas. The defensive back group was as loaded as expected, and several players earned invitations to The Opening.

Recruiting Nation’s Max Olson attended the camp. Here’s what he learned:

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Watch List CB Cedric Collins talks Aggies 

February, 14, 2013
Before Texas A&M became the talk of college football, before Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy, before the Aggies surprised onlookers with their first-year success in the SEC, they were able to reel in their first 2014 commitment.

Dallas Skyline cornerback Cedric Collins was the first prospect in the 2014 class to pledge to the Aggies. And he did it before their memorable 2012 season.

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Recruits impressed by Manziel 

January, 9, 2013
Ed ParisWilliam Wilkerson/ESPN.comCommit Ed Paris enjoyed watching Johnny Manziel in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel wowed fans and observers with his performance in the AT&T Cotton Bowl, leading the Aggies to a resounding 41-13 win over Oklahoma.

The same can be said for recruits who watched the game.

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Aggies' upset win resonates with recruits 

November, 12, 2012
Texas A&M's upset win over No. 1 Alabama sent shockwaves through the Southeastern Conference and the college football landscape.

For the Aggies to make their first-ever trip Bryant-Denny Stadium and defeat the favored, defending BCS champions sent a statement to the rest of the league that the Aggies are not here to be a doormat.

Ed Paris
William Wilkerson/ESPN.comEd Paris, a 2014 CB prospect, was impressed with A&M's win over Alabama, but knows it can't be the only thing affecting his decision.
The impact of the 29-24 victory wasn't just felt on the field for Texas A&M, it also caught the attention of recruits everywhere.

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Weekend Rewind: Texas A&M 

November, 12, 2012
Texas A&M's upset win over then-No. 1-ranked Alabama didn't just resonate in the polls and among pundits and observers nationwide, it also caught the attention of recruits.

The Aggies already had begun to turn heads with the way they fared in their first season playing in the Southeastern Conference, but beating the defending BCS champions was another matter entirely.

"Yeah, it surprised me a lot," 2014 ESPN Watch List cornerback Ed Paris said. "When you hear Alabama's name, you think about them being No. 1 in the nation, an all-around unstoppable team, and as for A&M, first year in the SEC, to beat Alabama was impressive. It was very impressive. It was an all-around great game."

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Q&A: 2014 in-state cornerback Ed Paris 

October, 24, 2012
Ed ParisWilliam Wilkerson/ESPN.comESPN Watch List defensive back Ed Paris says he has no favorites yet.
ESPN Watch List cornerback Ed Paris is a coveted 2014 prospect. The Arlington (Texas) Timberview star already holds offers from power programs such as LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M. GigEmNation caught up with the 6-foot-2, 195 pound Paris, who was one of many recruits on hand for Texas A&M's recent game against LSU on Saturday at Kyle Field.

Sam Khan Jr.: What did you think of the trip to Texas A&M for the LSU game?
Ed Paris: "Oh man, the game, the fans with their cheers, it was a great experience."

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Visitors for LSU vs. Texas A&M 

October, 17, 2012
A huge SEC West tilt is on tap Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. That's when No. 18 Texas A&M hosts No. 6 LSU.

In addition to the expected sellout crowd, a healthy number of recruits should be in attendance, including some of the Aggies' top targets in the 2013 and 2014 classes.

Here's a list of recruits who are expected to be at the game Saturday. As the week goes on and we confirm more visitors (or those who change plans), we'll update the list.

  • 2013 WR Quincy Adeboyejo, Cedar Hill (Texas): No. 77 WR; Texas A&M commit
  • 2014 OLB Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow (Okla.): (Arkansas State offer)

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Big weekend awaits Texas A&M Aggies

October, 16, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M already had its introduction to Southeastern Conference football.

It wasn't a successful debut for the Aggies but it was a respectable one, a 20-17 home loss to Florida on Sept. 8. With a redshirt freshman quarterback making his first collegiate start and a coaching staff making its debut in Aggieland with new offensive and defensive schemes in tow, the Aggies showed signs of what could be with deficiencies that prevented them from winning, things they've worked to correct since then.

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Kevin Jairaj/US PresswireThrough six games, freshman signal-caller Johnny Manziel has passed for 14 touchdowns and ran for 10 more.
More than five weeks have passed since that day and much has changed. The Aggies (5-1) haven't lost a game since and in that span have collected their first two SEC wins. Johnny Manziel has gone from largely unknown to one of the nation's most exciting offensive players. And a lot of questions are being answered from whether the offense would work (it has), to whether the defense would improve (it has, the 59-57 thriller against Louisiana Tech notwithstanding) to whether the Aggies could close games and fix the second-half collapses that plagued them in 2011 (so far, they have).

On Saturday, the Aggies get an introduction of a different kind -- one to a top-10 SEC team -- the LSU Tigers when they enter Kyle Field at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Florida is No. 2 in the BCS standings now but was 23rd in the Associated Press poll when the Aggies met the Gators. The No. 6 Tigers, thought to be a national title contender before the season began, have largely been viewed as one of the two most significant challenges on the Aggies' inaugural SEC schedule (No. 1 Alabama being the other).

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Focus on '14: Cornerbacks 

October, 9, 2012
GigEmNation is taking a weekly position-by-position look at the 2014 recruiting class as it relates to Texas A&M, whom the Aggies are targeting, as well as 2013 commits and who on the roster will graduate. Today, we begin with the cornerback position.

2013 commits: Noel Ellis, New Orleans Edna Karr; Tavares Garner, Manvel (Texas) High School

Cornerbacks who'll graduate: Dustin Harris

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Recruits Miss Lone Star Showdown
National recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton spoke with top prospects at Nike's The Opening regional in Dallas. The findings were overwhelming: Players want the game back.