Looking Forward to Playing WR for Aggies

Cameron Echols-Luper talks about his decision to play for Texas A&M in this report that features comments from his high school coach and father.

Auburn, Ala.--Versatile Cameron Echols-Luper announced his college choice on Tuesday at Auburn High School, choosing Texas A&M over TCU.

At a ceremony at AHS attended by his family friends and teammates, Echols-Luper had his younger brother, Chance, go to a table with two hats on display. Chance, who is celebrating his 11th birthday, picked up the Texas A&M hat to give to the new Aggie commitment.

"Texas A&M felt right," he said. "It felt like where I needed to be."

Auburn High coach Tim Carter said he has never had a player offered scholarships by Division I programs at three different positions until this year. Echols-Luper has offers to play quarterback and defensive back along with wide receiver, the position he plans to play in College Station.

Explaining his two finalists, the senior said, "Being from Texas, I picked the two Texas schools. I really wanted to get back home where I started off. Texas A&M is an SEC school so it is a big conference."

Echols-Luper said another factor in choosing the Aggies is the opportunity to participate in a strong track and field program. "My goal is to one day be able to participate in the Olympics," he said.

Echols-Luper is shown prior to making his announcement on Tuesday.

Rated a three-star wide receiver prospect by Scout.com, Echols-Luper is a quarterback for Coach Tim Carter's team and is also a standout on the AHS track and field squad that finished second in the big school state championship classification this past spring.

On the football field as a junior he completed 77-142 passes for 1,412 yards and 17 touchdowns. He ran the football 107 times for 681 yards and eight touchdowns.

As a junior he won two individual titles in the Alabama High School Athletic Association Track And Field Class 6A Championships. He finished first in the 200 meters with a time of 21.24 seconds and the long jump at 23 feet. He also ran a leg on the winning 4x100 relay team.

Shown left to right are Coach Tim Carter, father Curtis Luper, Cameron Luper and mother Nikki Luper at AHS on Tuesday.

The stepson of Auburn University running backs coach Curtis Luper, Echols-Luper grew up around college football and should arrive in college next summer as a freshman who has a strong understanding of what to expect.

"I know how the college game works and I have been to a lot of campuses so that should help me adjust as a freshman," he said. "I am going to do my best to fit in at Texas A&M."

The AHS senior said he plans to study forensic sciences in college.

Echols-Luper noted he is excited to be able to play in the same league his stepfather coaches in so he will be able to return to Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium and play games and see his family when the Tigers travel to Kyle Field, but added, "It is going to be hard, but I am going to be out there with all my brothers doing what we need to do."

His stepfather joked that Cameron should not to expect to win any games vs. the Tigers. "He has been playing against me in various games for 17 years and losing so good luck to him," the Auburn running backs coach said with a big smile.

Turning serious, the coach said, "I am proud of Cameron. He has worked hard to make this happen."

"I think he is excited about going back to Texas where he has a lot of relatives," Luper said. "He let us know early that he wanted to go back to Texas and Texas A&M and TCU were the only two schools he visited. I went with him both times, but I let him make the choice. Texas A&M football has a lot of tradition and it has a great track program so I think those things attracted him there."

Luper said his son talked to Auburn head coach Gene Chizik early in the recruiting process and told him that he was interested in returning to Texas to play college football. "We never even got to the point we were offering Cameron," Luper pointed out.

Echols-Luper said playing wide receiver for Texas A&M appeals to him because of the Air Raid Offense being installed this season by the new coaching staff. "Basically, they are going to get their playmakers the ball," he said, noting that Aggie coaches told him he would have a chance to return punts and kickoffs. "The ball is going to be in my hands a lot."

On Thursday night he will be at the quarterback position as his team plays Troup County, Ga., High School in a jamboree at Duck Samford Stadium.

Echols-Luper is not the only Auburn High player whose father is a coach at Auburn University. One of his favorite targets is junior wide receiver Blaise Taylor, who is the son of AU wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor. Taylor was at Echols-Luper's announcement as was AHS five-star linebacker Reuben Foster, the No. 1 prospect in the state, who is an Auburn University commitment.

Auburn commitment Reuben Foster (left), Echols-Luper (center) and Blaise Taylor (right) are friends and teammates at Auburn High School.

Echols-Luper, who said he had scholarship offers from 22 colleges, pointed out he is looking forward to getting his senior season started. "We have a very athletic team," he said. "I think we are ranked preseason No. 3 in the state and I think I will eventually move up to No. 1."

The senior noted he believes he has improved significantly since his junior season. "I have worked a lot on my throwing this summer," he said. "I know my feet aren't going to fail me. What I needed to improve was my passing and I feel like I have done that."

Auburn High's head coach noted that the Aggies are getting a good player, who has led the Tigers to a 16-4 record in games he was the starting QB.

"Cameron came to us in the ninth grade and he has been a part of our varsity program for four years," Carter said. "He is a tremendous athlete. He comes from a great family. You can tell he has been raised properly and is a great teammate. He has been an asset to our program."


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