March 29 is Ed Paris’ birthday. It also was supposed to be the day the ESPN Watch List defensive back announced his college plans.
Paris couldn’t wait that long to announce he was heading back to his home state.
Originally from New Orleans, Paris (Arlington, Texas/Mansfield Timberview) verbally committed to LSU Monday evening in a decision that seemed to surprise few. He chose LSU over Texas and Florida.
“I’m from New Orleans. I like a lot about LSU,” Paris told ESPN.com’s Derek Tyson during the New Level Athletics 7-on-7 Southeast regional tournament in Rockledge, Fla. “I like the defense, the coaches, the facility, all around.”
At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Paris has the build of a safety at the next level, but he is sold on playing cornerback for the Tigers. A player with seven interceptions as a junior, Paris uses speed, long arms and physical pressing at the line of scrimmage to frustrate receivers.
“They will get a fast and physical corner with a tremendous upside,” said Kashann Simmons, recruiting coordinator at Timberview. “He is a great kid off the field, as well.”
Paris took to Twitter Monday evening to officially announce his commitment.
"First, I'd like to sincerely thank all the coaches, fans and everyone throughout the country who has supported me through this process," Paris tweeted. "It has been a long and hard decision to make, as the schools I visited showed me much love and support as it relates to me growing personally. After much deliberation, prayer & support from my parents, I am committing to.........."
It was here when he changed his Twitter avi to him behind a Tigers background.
Recruited by special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey and secondary coach Corey Raymond, Paris becomes the sixth member of LSU’s 2014 recruiting class. Paris had more than 30 offers, but he had been considered a longtime LSU lean. He will join fellow 2014 cornerback Chris Hardeman (Houston/Alief Taylor) in the defensive secondary. Additionally, Watch List player Devin Voorhies (Woodville, Miss./Wilkinson County) is listed as an athlete but is projected by many to play safety for the Tigers.
Paris had 37 tackles, eight pass breakups and three forced fumbles to go along with his seven picks -- two of which he returned for touchdowns. A first-team, all-state selection, Paris said he is planning to enroll early at LSU.