During the Mack Brown era as head football coach of the Texas Longhorns, top tier talent in the Lone Star State has routinely jumped on scholarship offers from the Big 12 power before they even finish opening the letter.
For 2014 Arlington CB Edward Paris, the offer from Texas hasn't come yet, which has allowed several other big time school's to come through and throw their name on the already very long list.
"Oh man it's amazing, it's truly a blessing, it's just, it's crazy," said Paris of his recruitment.
Michigan and Ohio State recently made the trip to Arlington, Texas to join the party and potentially battle it out for another highly coveted prospect.
"I think I talked to the offensive line coach (Michigan assistant Darrell Funk); he came to my school and offered me," said Paris. "It was last week but I've been getting offers every single day—I just got Ohio State too. This recruiting stuff is crazy, it's blowing up."
Ohio State was in Paris school Friday afternoon when his coach called him down to the work out facilities.
"My coach called me down to the field house which is where we practice our football and all that stuff," said Paris. "Ohio State's coach was there and he was talking to my coach and everything and he told me that he offered me."
As for Michigan, Paris admits he isn't very familiar with the Wolverines' program, but that hasn't stopped him from attempting to find out as much as possible.
"I got to briefly talk to him (Coach Funk)," said Paris. "I asked him about the school and thanked him for the offer."
"I know I've called Michigan, I called Michigan after," said Paris. "Every time I get an offer I'll call that school the next day and ask them about their program, education wise and atmosphere and things of that nature."
"I'm trying to research everything, like what type of degrees they have to offer and things of that nature," said Paris.
At 6'1 and 190 pounds, Paris has tremendous size at the corner position; but size isn't the only attribute he possesses.
"They want me to play corner, all of the colleges that have offered me want me to play corner," said Paris. "For my size I'm told I have great hips. I can really move around, I can get out of my back pedal fast and I have great speed. I have that make-up speed and everything, and I'm very physical on the line."
Paris wants to get on the road and see some school's this summer but has nothing officially scheduled as of yet.
"I'm going to try to take some visits (this summer)," said Paris. "I don't know which visits yet but I'm going to try."
As far as what he's looking for in a school, he says, "I want to see that they're good with an education. I also want to go to a good school for football. And I want to see if I like the atmosphere and if I fit in with the program."
With offers from all over the country, Paris made it clear distance won't be an issue in his decision making process.
"It's no problem if it's far away or close," said Paris. "Wherever I fit in socially and with the program, that's where I'm going to go."
Last year at Mansfield Timberview high school, Paris and the defense played primarily man coverage, but heading into his junior year his coaches have decided to transition to more zone coverage, something Paris believes could benefit him in the long run.
"I'm going to try to improve on my technique and work on the zone because we went from being man all game long to zone; so I want to work on my technique in zone so that when I get to the next level I can just dominate," said Paris.
The Michigan coaches hope the Texas DB considers them strongly for that next level destination.
Paris finished his sophomore season with 8 interceptions, 70 tackles, 20 pass break-ups as well as 179 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns from the running back position.
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