Echols-Luper To Transfer To Arkansas State

The late news of Friday night arrived in Jonesboro on Saturday as the Arkansas State Red Wolves were wrapping up their final preseason scrimmage.

Cameron Echols-Luper, who has played the last two years at TCU, arrived just in time as the Red Wolves were closing out their fan appreciation day. He made the rounds on the field, catching up with old friends.

A product of Auburn, Ala, after Echols-Luper plans to enroll next week. He will join a pair of former high school teammates – cornerback Blaise Taylor and defensive end Griffin Riggs – and many other friends from Alabama on the A-State roster.

“It all happened really quickly, but it is about happiness,’’ said Echols-Luper, a 6-foot, 190-pounder who played two seasons at TCU and was honorable mention Big 12 punt returner last season. “I’ve got family here. I’m from Texas and I have family there but I have family here too. It is a great feeling.”

“Some things happened and all in the past week. I just prayed about it. On a short notice it was the best thing for me to do. “

Out of high school according to his TCU bio, he was the No. 7 wide receiver prospect in Alabama and No. 131 at his position nationally by He passed for 1,036 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior and rushed for 898 yards and seven scores in leading Auburn to the Class 6A quarterfinals. He had 2,339 yards of offense and 25 touchdowns his junior year.

His father, Curtis Luper, is TCU's wide receivers coach. He had offers from the Horned Frogs, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Maryland and Illinois.

“I’m going to cheer for TCU whatever they do,’’ he said. “I have good friends there. My dad coaches there. I’m going to cheer for them but I am going to do what I have to do here.”

A quarterback in high school, Echols-Luper is longing for a return to that position after being a receiver and cornerback at TCU.

“It played a role. Deep down inside I’m a quarterback,’’ he said. “Don’t worry about the height. We 6-footers do what we have to do to get it done.”

Also a two-sport star, Echols-Luper was the Big 12 champion in the long jump and ran a leg on the Horned Frogs NCAA winning 4x100 track team. He finished 9th behind A-State’s Rolf Pienaar, who was third, in the NCAA championships.

He plans to compete in track for the Red Wolves and shoot for the 2016 Olympics.