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January 30, 2013Edward Paris has one more year of high school football to play. But he's already looking ahead this offseason.
"I'm trying to get NFL ready,'' the Mansfield Timberview 2014 defensive back said. "Not college ready. This is about being disciplined and mature. If you're in high school in 11th grade and getting ready for college it's too late.''
Paris is one of the most highly sought recruits in the country. Baylor is one of 28 programs to offer the four star recruit. Ohio State, Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M and Florida are among the others which have offered.
When you're 6-2, 195, a soon-to-be four-year starter, run a 4.35 40-yard dash and possess the coverage skills to shut down one side of the field - he had seven interceptions including two returned for touchdowns - there's probably little need for him to attend a junior day. Everybody knows who he is.
Paris didn't attend Texas A&M's this past Sunday. Don't look for him Saturday at Baylor. And at this point, it doesn't look like he will attend Alabama's, LSU's or UCLA's. That's just not his thing. He's going for the substance when he visits a school.
"I'm not a big fan of them,'' Paris said. "There's about 30-40 kids. I like going on solo trips or with friends. I believe you get a totally different feel.''
That worked out well for Baylor coach Art Briles and his staff. Paris was in Waco last month with teammate Brandon Simmons. The two checked out the Bears as they prepared for the Holiday Bowl.
Two things stood out with Paris. First, he seemed to have a good first impression of Baylor strength coach Kaz Kazadi. Second, he liked the real discussion he had with secondary coach Carlton Buckels.
"He's been around Division I players, and I feel like if you have a great vibe with your strength coach, he's going to give you some good information,'' Paris said.
"The thing I liked about coach Buckels was that he told me that you have to go out and earn your position. Nothing is given to you and life. That's something that most recruits don't want to heard, but I did. I don't mind working for what I do. The whole thing at Baylor was pretty cool. I like how they were doing it.''
Paris' commitment decision will take some time but don't expect it to linger for too long. He plans on graduating in the fall and transfer to his school of choice next January.
"I pay very close attention to everything when I watch,'' he said. "That's the reason I go to these schools. I use some of the drills they use for me personally. It's a unique thing because you can always get better. Right now, I'm just going through the process.''