Player: Defensive end Jamil Paris
School: Sebastian River (2 ½ hours north of Miami on I-95)
Size: 6-7 and 220 ("I played at 210 then got to about 230 but then I lost 10 pounds in basketball. I wanna be about 235 or 240 for my senior year.")
Speed: He says he's been timed in the 4.6-4.7 range.
Academics: He claims a 2.8 GPA and received a 19 on the ACT, which he took in February.
Age: 210 months
Junior Year: It wasn't a smooth season for Paris. Hurricane season in Florida knocked out three of his games. A concussion prevented him from playing in two others and an ankle injury sidelined him for another. He played in just four games and has no stat totals, although he had plenty of tackles and a few quarterback sacks.
College Choices: "I went to UCF last weekend for some picture thing for ESPN," he said. "I really enjoyed that. I met the coaches and they were real nice. They're on my list now. I also like LSU, Tennessee, Iowa State, and Florida State. But I wanna go to the University of Miami. That's my dream. They play an aggressive defense. I went to two games last year and even though they lost them both (Clemson and VT), I really liked the atmosphere. Before the games, I was walking around the stadium and the way the fans were – they were all cooking food and they were all real nice – that was a big deal to me."
Scholarship Offers: none
Other Sports: Basketball
The skinny: One of the top defensive end prospects in the entire state, Paris is excited about the upcoming season. He'll get a chance to move around some on the defensive line.
"I really like playing defense," he said. "I'm real quick off the ball and I have long arms and everything. I'm gonna be playing more tackle and nose next year too so that'll help me free up from some of the double teams."
Paris has his spring jamboree against Melbourne marked on his calendar already.
"They supposedly have the best running back in the state (TJ Clark, a rising junior) so I'm ready for that one," he said.
Paris enjoys that type of competition.
"I've always been that way," he said. "I wanna go up against the best. It's how you rise above everyone else. When I go to college, I wanna be prepared to rise over everyone else at my position."
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