It was LSU all along for Paris

When Ed Paris gave his verbal commitment to the LSU coaching staff, it was a huge weight off of his shoulders. After receiving an offer from the Tigers following his freshman year, it didn't take long for Paris to realize where he wanted to play his college football.

Throughout the recruiting process, Timberview High School defensive back Edward Paris was thought to be a lean to LSU. The 6-1 190 pound Paris ended any speculation in his recruitment and committed to the Bayou Bengals a little over a week ago.

Colleges had coveted Paris, a four-star prospect that made 37 tackles and 7 interceptions as a junior, since the end of his freshman campaign when he received his first offer from LSU. From that point on, Paris began the process of taking college visits and hearing sales pitches from multiple college coaches.

Because the recruiting process started so early for Paris, getting his commitment out of the way before his senior year has been a relief to the Texas native.

"It feels great to finally be a Tiger," Paris told TSD. "It was very welcoming with all of the LSU fans reacting to it and everything. It's also a relief."

Even though he waited until the end of his junior year to give his commitment to LSU, Paris explained that he knew very early in the process where he wanted to play college football.

"It's been a while since I first realized that I wanted to go to LSU," said Paris. "I already knew where I was going really early in the process. I just kept everybody busy and guessing by going to games at other schools and everything. I just knew all along that it was LSU."

While Paris is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, most of his family resides in the state of Louisiana. Because of that, Paris explained it made his decision easier, but it wasn't the top reason that he chose to commit to LSU.

"My family being close to me was big," said Paris. "Surprisingly, the strength coach [Tommy Moffitt] was actually a big reason and he is one of a kind. I talked to a lot of players from LSU and they said that he is a great coach."

"That is the coach that I will be spending the most time with anyway when I get there. If I'm hearing positive things about a coach, that gets my attention."

When he finally gave the LSU staff his commitment, an excited Les Miles greeted Paris after his main recruiter had gotten the word first.

"Coach [Corey] Raymond already knew because we had talked about it," said Paris. "Coach Miles was very excited about the commitment. He couldn't wait for me to get back on campus. It was all around just a great experience."

Following his commitment to the Tigers, the next order of business for Paris is the process of helping LSU assemble a top recruiting class for 2014, something Paris believes is already on track to happen.

"We are going to get some good players," said Paris. "There is no doubt about it. This class is going to end up being pretty incredible at the end of the day."

When asked if he would consider visiting other schools now that he is committed to LSU, Paris kept his answer brief.

"I'm done with visits," said Paris. "I know where I'm going, and that's LSU."

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