Bragging rights on the line for Paris

Though originally from New Orleans, LSU commit Ed Paris moved into TCU territory after Hurricane Katrina. Close with several players currently committed to the Horned Frogs, Paris predicts his future team will come out on top in the 2013 season opener.

Bragging rights will be on the line for Edward Paris in Saturday's TCU game, even though he's still a year away from suiting up for the Tigers.

Paris, an Arlington, Texas native has several friends from the Dallas area committed to TCU, and he may even make the trip to AT&T Stadium with them. So obviously Paris would love to see his future team win a nationally showcased game on the Horned Frogs' turf.

But Paris expects the Horned Frogs to pose a formidable challenge for one of the SEC's elite. Paris said he's gone against several TCU players, including WR Brandon Carter, one of the team's leading receivers.

"TCU is a really good throwing team," Paris said. "And their running game is very adequate. One of the guys I used to go against [Carter] is really decent. But just being around the guys I've been around at LSU, and the freshman class this year, I see how hard they're working. I think they're going to have a really good opportunity to win the game. It'll be a good game but I think LSU comes out on top."

Paris said he'll keep a close eye on the LSU secondary, particularly starters Jalen Mills and Jalen Collins and the new freshmen Rickey Jefferson, Tre'Davious White and Jeryl Brazil.

"My expectations for the secondary are just solid, lockdown," Paris said. "Coach Raymond's really been working with them, especially on technique and not having wandering eyes. The DBs are always going to be great. They've been great pretty much forever."

Though Paris did predict a W for LSU, he didn't want to pick a score.

"I don't really know about the score, but a win's a win," he said.

As for Paris, he's only about four months away from beginning his college career as a December graduate. Paris didn't undersell the importance of enrolling early, and he hopes that extra semester will get him on the field immediately.

"I'm ready to get up there and compete for a starting job," Paris said. "That's a big reason why I'm graduating early, so I can start my process….It means a lot because by the time all the other DBs come in my class, I'm already going to know the system and I'll have an advantage. I'll have already been working out. I'll be knowing how Coach Raymond coaches and his methods. That's a big advantage for me."

At 6-foot-2, 192 pounds, Paris said he's actually lost weight recently, shedding body fat to get ready for the demands of college.

"I have a lot of room for improvement, but I'm just trying to get SEC-ready," Paris said. "It's just the little things, my steps, my alignment. Just the things that will be important when I get to LSU.

Paris was last on LSU's campus in July for the camp day that attracted all the state's top 2014 talent. He said he'll return September 21 for an official visit during the Auburn game.

"That's going to be the first SEC game and a lot of alumni are coming back for that game," Paris said. "That'll be a great opportunity to meet a lot of them."

That's also expected to be one of LSU's top recruiting weekends of the season. Paris, who's close with all the top New Orleans prospects, looks forward to help building the rest of this class.

"From people I know that are most likely going to commit to the team, I feel like we'll have the best class," he said.

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