NCF On The Trail: Ed Paris

Before the commitment: Jamal Adams 

December, 29, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. -- One of seven prospects committing during the Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2 at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN is safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron High).

The 6-foot, 204-pound Adams is set to announce his decision in five days between LSU and Florida, with Ole Miss and Texas not making the finals.

Was there a head coach or coaching staff of a school that didn’t make the final cut that really impressed you during the process?

Under Armour game storylines: Big 12 

December, 5, 2013
The Under Armour All-Americans have been announced; now, it’s a wait-and-see process for many of them. Will the committed players stay committed? Will the uncommitted make decisions soon? Can we see a major flip before national signing day?

This week’s recruiting storylines focuses on some of the Under Armour All-Americans being recruited by Big 12 programs.

Big 12 representation -- or lack thereof -- at the UA game. The Big 12 currently has four representatives who will compete in the Under Armour All-America Game -- Texas defensive end commit Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan) and cornerback commit Jermaine Roberts (New Orleans/St. Augustine), Oklahoma quarterback pledge Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) and Kansas offensive lineman pledge Jacob Bragg (Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches).

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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:

At LSU camp, elite get defined 

July, 24, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- ESPN 300 quarterback Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway) told anyone who would listen that he would not attend last week's LSU July Elite camp.

But at the beginning of the week, there he was, exchanging chest bumps with ESPN 300 wide receiver Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) after the pair hooked up for a touchdown pass, then firing strikes to ESPN 300 athlete -- and LSU receiver target -- Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Karr).

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Gary Laney/ESPN.comQuarterback Brandon Harris committed to LSU shortly after the team's July camp.
Three days later, Harris committed to LSU in an expected move after other schools on his list (Ohio State, Auburn) took commitments from other quarterbacks. Even if Harris' mind wasn't made up when he camped on that Monday morning, the assembled talent may have made it for him.

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Lessons Learned: SPARQ championships 

July, 1, 2013
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Opening got underway on Monday with SPARQ testing, as the nation's top football players competed in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, 20-yard short shuttle and kneeling power ball throw. The 10 best returned for the finals, with Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) taking home the championship. Here's a closer look at what we learned during the day:

Speedy is, well, speedy

Speedy Noil
David Helman/ESPN.comSpeedy Noil lived up to his name during SPARQ testing, posting the second-best score of all time.
Coming into The Opening, Noil was a prospect whom everyone was excited to see. Noil is ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the country, but his athleticism and speed were the two aspects that people were hoping to see.

He didn't disappoint on Monday, recording a 153.51 SPARQ score, which was the second-highest score ever behind Mike Mitchell from the 2012 SPARQ Finals.

Noil ran a 4.4 40, threw the power ball 41 feet and wowed everyone watching when he jumped 45.3 inches in the vertical jump.

And as his No. 8 overall ranking shows, Noil is far from just a freak athlete who can’t play.

At 6-foot, 176 pounds, Noil holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas and USC, among others. The ESPN Hot Board has the five-star prospect predicted to LSU, but he remains uncommitted at this point. -- Tom VanHaaren

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ESPN 300 analysis: LSU Tigers 

June, 17, 2013
BATON ROUGE, La. -- It's been since Jordan Jefferson in 2008 that one could find a Louisiana quarterback who met the four-star threshold.

Back then, before RecruitingNation issued stars, Jefferson was given an 80 score, which translates to four stars.

Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway) broke that drought this year. And now he's done something no Louisiana quarterback has done in the RecruitingNation era.

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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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LSU adds 2014 WR from Texas 

March, 15, 2013
After not signing a single player from the Lone Star State in 2014, LSU is making sure to re-establish its presence in Texas.

The Tigers' latest commitment is just the latest sign that, even with the 2013 aberration, the Tigers were never really out of Texas and will continue to have success there.

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Paris commit good sign for LSU's future 

February, 25, 2013
There was no big junior day at LSU this weekend. Spring practice? Doesn't start for another couple of weeks.

Yet recruiting news poured out of the LSU campus in the last weekend of February. ESPN 2014 Watch List defensive back Ed Paris (Mansfield,Texas/Timberview) committed Monday via Twitter, joining linebacker Donnie Alexander (New Orleans/Karr), who committed Sunday.

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Watch List CB Paris headed to the SEC

February, 25, 2013
March 29 is Ed Paris’ birthday. It also was supposed to be the day the ESPN Watch List defensive back announced his college plans.

Paris couldn’t wait that long to announce he was heading back to his home state.

Originally from New Orleans, Paris (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview) verbally committed to LSU Monday evening in a decision that seemed to surprise few. He chose LSU over Texas and Florida.

“I’m from New Orleans. I like a lot about LSU,” Paris told’s Derek Tyson during the New Level Athletics 7-on-7 Southeast regional tournament in Rockledge, Fla. “I like the defense, the coaches, the facility, all around.”

At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Paris has the build of a safety at the next level, but he is sold on playing cornerback for the Tigers. A player with seven interceptions as a junior, Paris uses speed, long arms and physical pressing at the line of scrimmage to frustrate receivers.

“They will get a fast and physical corner with a tremendous upside,” said Kashann Simmons, recruiting coordinator at Timberview. “He is a great kid off the field, as well.”

Paris took to Twitter Monday evening to officially announce his commitment.

"First, I'd like to sincerely thank all the coaches, fans and everyone throughout the country who has supported me through this process," Paris tweeted. "It has been a long and hard decision to make, as the schools I visited showed me much love and support as it relates to me growing personally. After much deliberation, prayer & support from my parents, I am committing to.........."

It was here when he changed his Twitter avi to him behind a Tigers background.

Recruited by special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey and secondary coach Corey Raymond, Paris becomes the sixth member of LSU’s 2014 recruiting class. Paris had more than 30 offers, but he had been considered a longtime LSU lean. He will join fellow 2014 cornerback Chris Hardeman (Houston/Alief Taylor) in the defensive secondary. Additionally, Watch List player Devin Voorhies (Woodville, Miss./Wilkinson County) is listed as an athlete but is projected by many to play safety for the Tigers.

Paris had 37 tackles, eight pass breakups and three forced fumbles to go along with his seven picks -- two of which he returned for touchdowns. A first-team, all-state selection, Paris said he is planning to enroll early at LSU.

DB Garner is Purdue's first 2014 pledge 

January, 4, 2013
SAN ANTONIO -- While he didn’t get a chance to officially announce at Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl, 2014 athlete Brandon Garner (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview) did get the chance to unofficially announce at Friday’s U.S. Army National Combine.

Garner, a player who has lined up at multiple positions for Timberview, verbally committed to Purdue and became the Boilermakers’ first commit of the 2014 recruiting class. Garner has played wide receiver and outside linebacker, but he said he was recruited to play strong safety in the Big Ten.

Garner was at the Army combine with Timberview teammates Brandon Simmons and Ed Paris -- two ESPN Watch List players -- watching the event when he made the announcement.

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2014 CB Ed Paris talks BU-TTU experience 

November, 25, 2012
If there’s one thing about ESPN Watch List cornerback Ed Paris (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview), he’s super honest when it comes to everything about the recruiting process.

Emphasis on “everything.”

Paris was one of several recruits in attendance at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to see Baylor score a 52-45 overtime win against Texas Tech. He was one of 44,168 to take in the experience, and he said he enjoyed the game and everything revolving around it. Paris gave the visit a 10 overall.

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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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OSU brass prep for busy recruiting week 

November, 5, 2012

The way Ohio State coaches see it, Dorian Johnson is still sitting out there.

Ditto for Vonn Bell, Mike Mitchell, David Dawson and Corn Elder.

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