The rich always get richer.
Seems to be the case everywhere in life, especially college football.
The LSU Tigers received their sixth verbal commitment Monday night when safety Edward Paris let it be known on Twitter he wants to play in Baton Rouge. Paris is considered the 39th best player in the country according to rivals.com, and the 4th best safety nationally. Although he’s being recruited as a safety by most, he could very easily play cornerback at the next level as well.
Paris, from Timberview High School in Mansfield, Texas, is quite a physical specimen. Not only does he offer good size for the position (6’1” 200), but he’s been rumored to be timed in the mid 4.3 range for the 40 yard dash, which is lightning for a player of his age and size. Side Note: Always take speed times with a grain of salt. Who knows how accurate the time that’s listed truly is. Unless it’s documented laser times from a reputable source, it’s tough gauging the validity.
Even still, you can tell this kid is incredibly fast just by watching the film of his. Plus, he’s a playmaker, plain and simple. In his sophomore and junior campaigns combined, he registered more than 100 tackles, 15 interceptions (2 of which he returned for touchdowns), 33 passes defended, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. And it’s not like he’s playing against scrubs just outside of Dallas, he’s making plays against elite competition. The 7 on 7 competitions, the camp circuits and his senior season will only justify his lofty status, if not increase it.
Paris will be an outstanding fit in the Tigers secondary, which prioritizes playmaking ability. He very well could be the next big thing in the Tigers backfield, joining such recent standouts as Ryan Clark, LaRon Landry, Morris Claiborne, Tyrann ‘Honey Badger’ Mathieu, Eric Reid and Patrick Peterson. Peterson is of special note since he’s Paris’s idol. Paris claims to model his game off the current Arizona Cardinals standout, and there’s an uncanny resemblance in styles of play.
Is he the next Patrick Peterson? He very well could be. Both are big, fast and electric playmakers who have the ability to excel anywhere in a defensive backfield. Just about the only difference is Peterson has already conquered the SEC and is making plays in ‘The League’. Paris still has to complete his senior year of high school, which doesn’t start for another six months.
Still, this is one heck of a snag by Les ‘The Mad Hatter’ Miles and his Tigers coaching staff.
Rick Stavig is a National Recruiting Columnist for RantSports.com. In addition to covering College Football, he also covers the NFL and NFL Draft. Follow him on Twitter @rickstavig or add him to your network on google.