Decision Time Nearing For Echols-Luper

Cameron Echols-Luper talks about his three finalists and what he likes about each as well as getting ready for his senior year at Auburn High.

Auburn, Ala.—One of the top athletes in Alabama for the 2013 recruiting class, Auburn High quarterback Cameron Echols-Luper is almost ready to make his decision so he can concentrate on helping the Tigers reach their goal of a state title this year. Down to three schools with the decision coming on August 21, Echols-Luper said he can't go wrong with any of his three finalists of Auburn, TCU, and Texas A&M.

Already very familiar with the hometown Tigers with stepfather Curtis Luper being Auburn's running back coach and recruiting coordinator since 2009, Luper said it was important for him this summer to get back to Texas where he grew up so he could get a better feel for both the Aggies and the Horned Frogs.

"It was important because I didn't want to make a decision and not know what it was about," Echols-Luper tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I already knew what Auburn was about so I went down so I would know what TCU is all about and what Texas A&M is all about.

"I love both of them. A&M has great tradition, the fans swaying all back and forth in the stadium. The coaches are outstanding. The town is like Auburn. It's not big and it's not small, it's a college town. It's like a family down there.

"TCU is in the heart of Texas in Fort Worth. It's right there by Dallas. It's only 45 minutes away from my hometown. I vibed with the coaches real well. The track programs for both of them is real good. They were both outstanding, tremendous visits."

Cameron plays quarterback for Auburn High, but also returns punts and is the punter for the Tigers.

Around the Auburn program for his entire high school career and getting a up close and personal look at the Tigers, Echols-Luper said there's nothing but positives about the school he knows so well.

"Auburn is right here in my back yard," Echols-Luper said. "The coaches are all like uncles and fathers to me. All of the players are like my brothers. I love it here, but then again it's what is best for me at the end of the day."

In addition to the football side of things, where Echols-Luper is an athlete that could play wide receiver, defensive back and maybe even quarterback on the next level, he's also one of the top track athletes in the country with sprinter speed to go along with his talents on the field. Because of that he said track will also factor into his decision.

"It will be a huge factor because in 2016 I plan on going to the Olympics," Echols-Luper said. "I want to go somewhere that will put me there. I feel like TCU, Texas A&M and Auburn can do that."

Once his decision is out of the way next week it's on to football for Echols-Luper and the Tigers. With a talented team that will depend on plenty of new faces this season, he said they're looking to make some noise in one of the toughest regions in the state.

"We lost 30-plus guys and some key guys like Cody Corr, Marcus Harris and others, but we've got some outstanding juniors," Echols-Luper said. "They've got to step up and be men. We've got a small senior class, but the ones that are starting have to step up this year."

With a record of 29-5 the last three seasons, Auburn has become a consistent winner, but each of the last two years losses in the first round of the playoffs have kept them from making a run at the title. Echols-Luper said he's endured the ups and downs and now is focused on enjoying his senior year and letting it all hang out.

"The last four years I have been at Auburn High have been tremendous," Echols-Luper said. "I remember being a junior last year how I couldn't wait to be a senior. Now I tell the young guys to slow down and enjoy it. This year I'm going to go out and have fun with all of my brothers. I think we have a chance to go deep, but if not we're going to have fun doing it."

Auburn will take on Troup Co. (Ga.) High in a jamboree game on Aug. 23 in Auburn before opening the season on Aug. 31 at Valley.

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