As a longtime commitment to Texas A&M, Echols-Luper reopened his recruiting process late in the game and what turned out to be the Aggies' loss, was a big gain for the Horned Frogs. Deemed as the next Jeremy Kerley by TCU fans, Echols-Luper has high expectations bestowed upon him.
Truth be told, Echols-Luper is ready to take those expectations head on.
Echols-Luper has a few months before he officially arrives on TCU's campus in June. However, since last Friday he's been in Ft. Worth with the rest of his family visiting his father, new receivers coach Curtis Luper, and catching an up close look at his future team.
"I love it, it's a great offense and up-tempo," he said. "I love the coaches and get along with the players as well."
Shortly after Echols-Luper made his commitment to the Frogs, his father was named TCU receivers coach by Gary Patterson. Ever since he could remember, the younger Luper envisioned playing for his dad at the college level. That seemed in doubt once he committed to A&M and his dad was still on staff at Auburn. But, in a twist of fate the two will be united at TCU and what once was a dream now becomes reality.
Echols-Luper relishes the opportunity, but he also knows he has plenty of work ahead of him.
"It's always been a dream to play for my pops, now it's becoming a dream come true," he said of getting coached by his dad. "I might be the one he gets on the hardest because he knows my potential, it might even go higher than the expectations he has for me. It's always been a dream to play for my dad."
Echols-Luper has the athleticism to play on either side of the ball for the Frogs, but he recruited to play receiver. He'll also have the opportunity to return punts. Regardless, he'll be working hard to make as early an impact as he can, maybe even early enough for the Frogs' 2013 opener against LSU.
"They've talked to me a little bit about it and it's really the position Skye Dawson played and I want to work hard enough and I can come in and get my amount of reps and maybe even start in the LSU game," he said. "I'm just ready to come in and show what I have to do."
The trip to Ft. Worth gives Echols-Luper a short break away from the track, where he's having yet another successful season. His school currently ranks third in the country in the 4x200 relay (indoors) and he currently has the top long jump in Alabama this season.
"Track is going real well, I can't wait until state so we can go out and get us some rings this year," he said. "We went to New York for nationals in the 4x200 and we ran second in the nation. I'm doing the 100, 200 and the long jump. Last week we went to Georgia Tech and I ran a 10.7 (100-meter) and that was the first time I've run it all year. I haven't run the 200 yet. In the long jump I've gone 23'3"; that was my first jump outdoors though."
Aside from running track, Echols-Luper continues to work hard in the weight room so he can be prepared once fall practice starts in August.
"Really, I'm just getting bigger so when I come down here I don't get pushed around like a little rag-doll and I'm also running track which is helping me with my speed," Echols-Luper said.