MANSFIELD, TX.—Call it a homecoming, call it whatever you want but Edward Paris just made Tiger fans very very happy on Monday.
One of the nation’s best defensive backs and one of the top overall players in the State of Texas announced that he will continue his football career with the LSU Tigers, becoming the sixth commitment of the 2014 class for Les miles and his staff.
“I’m from New Orleans,” Paris said. “I just feel comfortable at LSU. It’s like even if the coaching staff at LSU wasn’t even there anymore I would still feel comfortable there because it is LSU. It is home. It’s the perfect fit for me.”
Originally from the Crescent City, Hurricane Katrina forced Paris and his family to Texas where he became one of the Lone Star state’s top defensive backs. The 6-1, 200-pound Paris can play either cornerback or safety and is an outstanding kickoff and punt returner as well. During his junior season at Timberview High School he had seven interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns in addition to 18 pass break-ups.
“It is kind of like a homecoming and I get to come back home,” Paris said. “It wasn’t the driving force or anything like that, but the biggest thing that I liked about LSU was the fact that it felt like home and more importantly it was home. It is where I belong. The same thing holds true for my family. They were really excited and they kind of get to go home to when they come and watch me play. It’s just a great thing all around.
“I got the chance to talk with Coach Miles and he was really excited. He said he can’t wait for me to get there.”
Not foreseeing any academic problems Paris also had a message for Tiger fans when it comes to the strength of his commitment to Miles and LSU.
“My recruitment process is done,” he said. “I’m LSU. It’s over.”