Paris planning visits

2014 DB Edward Paris is in the process of setting up college visits for this spring, one of which will be to LSU. He discusses what he has been hearing from the coaching staff at LSU and how having family in the state of Louisiana will factor into his final decision.

For Edward Paris the recruiting process has been going on for quite some time. The 6-1 190 pound Paris started seeing offers roll in from all over the country after his freshman season at Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington, TX. For now, the four-star defensive back is still exploring his options to find the right fit. Since the end of his junior season, Paris has seen countless college coaches pass through the doors of his school to check on him.

"Everything is going great in my recruitment," said Paris. "I'm starting to meet all of the head coaches and stuff because they come to my school. I don't get to talk to them or anything, but it's neat. It's not something I was used to seeing every day, so it's great."

One school that got into the mix early in the recruitment of Paris is LSU. While spring football is still a couple of months away, Paris explained that the LSU coaching staff has made its presence known at his school and he likes what he is hearing from them.

"Coach [John] Chavis came to my school a week ago," said Paris. "Coach [Corey] Raymond has been by three times this year. Basically, they are saying that they love how I play and what I do. They want me to be a Tiger."

While the history of defensive backs at LSU speaks for itself, one of the main reasons for the interest in LSU by Paris is his family connection to the state of Louisiana. Even though he says it won't be a major factor in his college choice, Paris explained that having family close to him in college would be very important.

"Family is great to have around when you are in college, but I don't think it will really have a huge impact on my final decision," said Paris. "I'll play wherever I want to play."

"However, it definitely gives LSU brownie points in the long run that I have family there. It would be nice to be able to see my grandma and uncles whenever I want, especially if I were to get homesick. I like LSU a lot."

With a junior day approaching for national prospects at LSU, Paris explained that he would not be able to be in attendance because of prior commitments. However, Tiger fans shouldn't worry, being that Paris will be on campus at some point this spring.

"I'm not going to be making it to one of the LSU junior days," said Paris. "I have a 7-on-7 thing and then we are going to Florida for another tournament. It would just cost too much to run all over the place."

"I can go to LSU whenever because I have family there and I'm really cool with all of the coaches. I'll probably be there in March."

Aside from planning a visit to LSU in March, Paris explained that he plans to visit several other schools around the south this spring while participating in 7-on-7 tournaments.

"I know I am going to visit Florida and Florida State when we get some opportunities during our tournament," said Paris. "If we are driving then we are going to see a lot of colleges."

"After that I will go down to Louisiana to see my family and then I will visit LSU. I'll probably also check out Louisiana Tech because my uncle, Jabbar Juluke, is there now."

With Paris having another heavily recruited teammate in Brandon Simmons, he explained that the two have discussed playing together at the next level. However, Paris believes that the chances of it happening are very slim.

"We have talked about it, but we have started getting more offers and evaluating them," said Paris. "It is starting to seem like we have different needs in programs and there are different things that we like about each school.

"We aren't a package deal or anything. It would be nice to have my best friend to play football with, but we just don't have the same needs."

After recently naming a top-ten of Florida, LSU, Texas A&M, UCLA, Tennessee, Texas TCU, West Virginia, Baylor, and SMU, Paris has thought of a couple of schools that could cause a change in his top list of schools.

"Oregon stopped by today and they are interested in me," said Paris. "The top-ten might change if Oregon or USC get in the conversation. But, I haven't heard anything out of USC."

Paris also recently made plans to have his final college decision made within the next few months. While that may still happen, Paris explained that he would like to be able to visit some schools, which may result in a decision date being pushed back.

"It's not 100 percent that I'm going to make my choice then," said Paris. "I talked to my mom about it and I want to make some visits and make sure that I am making the right choice. I don't want to commit and then decommit. But, it will definitely happen this spring or early summer."

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