- Max Olson, Big 12 reporter
The state of Texas is absolutely loaded when it comes to 2014 defensive backs. And Edward Paris might be the best of the best.
The Mansfield Timberview safety already hold well more than a dozen offers and has established himself as one of the nation’s top sophomores.
“I’m getting offers almost every other day,” Paris said Wednesday night. “Today was Notre Dame and Washington. I’m starting to lose count. It’s a blessing.”
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety earned all this attention with a breakout sophomore campaign that included eight interceptions and 20 pass breakups.
Recruiters from across the country have flooded the Timberview sidelines this spring, and offers have already come from the likes of LSU, Oklahoma, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Clemson.
Though he’s a native of New Orleans, Paris said that doesn’t give LSU an edge and no school stands out as a clear favorite so far.
“I feel like there’s a long time left. Every school that’s offered has been a great offer for me,” Paris said. “I’m keeping the same interest in every school right now. I’ve got to research all the schools to see what kind of academics they have and the atmosphere and all that other stuff.”
Texas secondary coach Duane Akina was one of the many assistants who visited Paris this spring. Because he grew up outside the state, Paris admits he still has a lot to learn about the Longhorns.
“I really don’t know a lot about the Texas program,” he said. “I know it’s crazy to be in Texas and not know about Texas. I don’t really know too much about them.”
Paris didn’t attend any spring games – he was too busy running the 100 and 4x100 relay for Timerberview – but plans to stay busy on the summer camp circuit.
After that, he’ll get to work on producing another impressive season. Paris already has big expectations.
“My main goal is to get at least two picks a game,” Paris said. “Those eight interceptions made my name. That’s what everybody wants to talk to me and offer me.”
The state of Texas is absolutely loaded when it comes to 2014 defensive backs. And Edward Paris might be the best of the best.The Mansfield Timberview safety already hold well more than a dozen offers and has established himself as one of the nation’s top sophomores.