Ed Paris doesn’t hesitate when asked what the highlight was of his Tuesday unofficial visit to Texas.
The 2014 safety recruit from Mansfield (Texas) Timberview was admittedly surprised when he stepped into Texas’ weight room during his facilities tour.
“We got to meet Earl Campbell,” Paris said. “That was pretty cool.”
The Longhorn legend was working out with UT strength coach Bennie Wylie, and he offered some advice for Paris and teammate Brandon Simmons.
“He told us to enjoy the recruitment, and that Texas is the best school to come to,” Paris said.
A touted junior with more than 16 early offers, Paris wasn’t able to attend either of Texas’ camps in June. He made up for that by driving down to Austin for a day.
Paris got a full tour, watched film of Texas’ man-press coverage techniques with secondary coach Duane Akina and met with Mack Brown. The UT coaching staff informed Paris he’s been approved for a 2014 offer in February.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound defensive back had some reservations about the Longhorns going into the unofficial visit. By the end of the day, he had a new perspective.
“I always thought Texas was a hype school and that they get all this hype for no reason,” Paris said. “I came to learn it is a really nice school and has great education. I really liked it, it was a nice visit.”
Paris and Simmons were joined on their visit by Jordan Fox (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep), a 2015 linebacker prospect who grew up with Simmons in New Jersey.
So far, LSU, Clemson, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, West Virginia and a handful of other programs have made offers to Paris after he intercepted eight passes as a sophomore for Timberview.
LSU has long been considered the favorite for Paris’ pledge, but he said he’s still wide-open when it comes to his recruiting process.
“A lot of people talk,” he said. “But I’m going to enjoy my recruitment and take it as slow as possible.”