The 2012 prospect had a coming out party in the Kirk Herbstreit Classic, picking off two interceptions in a convincing win for the Eagles over Arlington Bowie.
Immediately Scout.com pegged Echols as a player flying under the radar; it wouldn't take long for him to be considered one of the best defensive backs in the state.
He recorded 58 tackles; over 20 pass deflections, and snagged five interceptions, immediately grabbing interest from teams all over the area, including Texas.
On Friday, Echols visited Austin in hopes of getting the famous Texas junior day offer a day early. He succeeded, decided to wait to commit after some thought, and headed back home towards the DFW area.
"My heart dropped really. It just started to beat really fast and I got nervous. I didn't know what to think," said Echols. "A couple years ago I would have never imagined getting a Texas offer."
When LonghornDigest.com called the junior on Friday night before committing, we could tell he was a Texas lean. It was a text an hour later that proved our beliefs.
"I committed," said Echols after calling the UT coaching staff. "The education, the exposure, the team, and the amazing coaching staff was too much for me."
"They said players have left after three years to go play football and then ten years later come back and finish their degree. That is really cool. I was like wow."
The junior also had offers from Texas A&M, UNT, Arizona, Kansas, and more. He said while it wasn't the determining factor, teammate Curtis Riser (Texas commitment) and former teammates Marcus Hutchins (Texas signee) "chatted" off his ear about becoming a Longhorn.
"Texas said they have five defensive backs they are going to take, including safeties. It makes you think fast," said Echols.
LonghornDigest.com will be talking with DeSoto head coach Claude Mathis later this week about Echols. Stay tuned.