5-foot-10/180 poundsHigh School:
Junior***** 2014 Review
There simply hasn’t been a lot of room for playing time for Echols since he arrived from DeSoto. The Longhorns have had their clear-cut starting cornerbacks the last two seasons, which left Echols to work in a backup roll.
He saw action in all 13 games and had one start against Texas Tech. Echols finished third on the team with five special teams tackles and finished with 17 tackles overall (two solo), one pass breakup, and one forced fumble.***** 2015 Preview
Opportunity arose for Echols to get additional playing time this spring when Sheroid Evans went down with a season-ending injury.
By all accounts Echols took full advantage and had a great spring, which included an interception in the spring game.
So far this fall he’s seen time with the 1s and 2s as he battles Antwuan Davis, John Bonney, and freshmen Holton Hill, Davante Davis and Kris Boyd for the other cornerback spot opposite of Duke Thomas.***** HD Projection
Echols is in a bit of a tricky situation. The guy can play. He can be a lockdown cornerback, but he has to prove to the coaching staff that he’s THAT much better than the talented freshmen or he risks seeing playing time go to the younger players, which is what DB coach Chris Vaughn said he would do if an older player was neck-and-neck with a freshman.
I’m not sure if Echols will do enough to separate himself from the freshmen as much as he needs, but I wouldn’t count him out. He’s going to play. He can do some things at boundary corner. Count him in the mix at CB in a backup roll.***** How he ended up on the 40 Acres
This was another one that seemed likely to go Texas’ way as long as it offered him, and that’s pretty much what happened.
Echols picked up an offer a few days before Texas’ second Junior Day, went back home, and then committed a few days later.***** High School Highlights
Coached by Claude Mathis at DeSoto ... All-American, two-time all-state, all-area and two-time all-district performer at defensive back … played in the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game … a two-year starter who tallied 128 tackles, nine INTs, 38 PBUs and three fumble recoveries while helping DeSoto post a 30-8 record over his final three seasons …Began playing football at age 14 … two-time National Achievement Academy Honors recipient … brother, Les, was an all-conference linebacker at Arkansas State (2001-03) … cousin, Bruce Hatton, played wide receiver at Southwestern Oklahoma State … [info from this last section gathered from TexasSports.com]
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