Forget Paris? Perhaps that would be LSU coach Les Miles’ advice to other schools after his Tigers received their biggest commitment to date for the Class of 2014.
Ed Paris, a five-star cornerback from Mansfield (Texas) Timberview, near Arlington, announced his commitment to LSU on Monday evening, cutting short a plan to wait until his birthday (March 29) to announce his college choice.
Instead, the New Orleans native, who moved out of the city after Hurricane Katrina, said he plans to be in Baton Rouge on that day playing a 7-on-7 football game.
Conflicting media reports had Paris committing to the Tigers earlier in the day Monday.
But shortly after 6 p.m., he announced his decision to the world via his Twitter account.
Paris changed his profile picture from one of him in a high school jersey to one of the “win” crossbar displayed inside the LSU football locker room. “LSU fans turn up!!” Paris tweeted after he changed the photo.
A 6-foot-2, 195-pound defensive back, Paris said on WNXX-FM, 104.5 in Baton Rouge on Monday night that Miles has recruited him as a cornerback.
He tweeted his excitement about a chance to play in the same defensive backfield as sophomore corner Jalen Mills, who hails from nearby DeSoto, Texas.
Paris said in the radio interview that LSU’s ability to turn out quality defensive backs like former All-America corner Patrick Peterson — “he’s by far the best in the (NFL),” Paris said — and the atmosphere of playing in Tiger Stadium were huge factors for him.
“As far as coming to the game, there’s nothing like Death Valley,” he said.
Paris picked LSU over Texas and Florida but had at least two dozen scholarship offers from schools that included Texas A&M, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Clemson and Michigan.
Paris said he plans to enroll at LSU in January 2014 so he can take part in spring practice.
According to 24/7 Sports, Paris is a five-star prospect (No. 9 overall nationally) for 2014 and the top player in Texas. Rivals rates Paris as a four star, No. 38 nationally and No. 6 in Texas.
Scout also rates Paris a four-star prospect, while ESPN has him on its 2014 Watch List.
The Paris accord gives LSU six commitments for 2014 and its second from Texas. The Tigers got a commitment last July from Houston Alief Taylor cornerback Chris Hardeman (5-9, 180).
LSU didn’t sign any players from Texas in its consensus top-10 class for 2013.
It’s expected that Paris’ pledge to LSU will improve the Tigers’ chances with Beaumont Ozen cornerback Tony Brown (6-0, 179). Brown, whose sister has committed to run track at LSU, is rated as the No. 1 prospect in Texas and No. 13 in the country by Rivals, while 24/7 Sports pegs him No. 2 in Texas behind Paris and No. 15 overall.
Paris’ commitment is the second for LSU in two days. Sunday, the Tigers received a pledge from Edna Karr outside linebacker Donnie Alexander (6-1, 196).
Bama woos U-High’s Moses
Alabama has joined LSU in offering a scholarship University High eighth-grader Dylan Moses, al.com reported.
Moses visited Alabama for one of its recent Junior Day weekends with his father and received a scholarship offer during a meeting with coach Nick Saban. According to the website, Edward Moses Jr., Dylan’s father, said Saban told them the Alabama staff believes he can be the nation’s top prospect for 2017.
Moses said LSU and Alabama are his son’s two favorite schools right now but that Dylan has no plans to commit any time soon.
Moses (6-1, 215) made news last summer when LSU offered him before his eighth-grade season began.