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August 16, 2012

Tuesday decision for Echols-Luper

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Auburn High athlete Cameron Echols-Luper has made his college choice. The only thing left for him to do is announce it.

That will come Tuesday at noon.

Echols-Luper, 6-foot, 190 pounds, will make a commitment to Auburn, TCU or Texas A&M at a ceremony at Auburn High School. Echols-Luper narrowed his list to the three schools after considering offers and interest from several others including Arkansas, Georgia, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, Memphis, North Carolina, Arkansas State, Southern Miss and Wake Forest.

"I like the tradition at all three schools," Echols-Luper said of his finalists. "I have father figures at all three and they all have great atmospheres, campuses and track programs."

Echols-Luper is a two-sport standout playing quarterback for Auburn High as well as winning state titles in track. As a junior, he won state championships in the long jump (23'6"), 200-meter dash (21.28 seconds) and 4x100-meter relay.

Auburn, TCU and Texas A&M are all recruiting him to play receiver in college, and all three are giving him the option to run track. He has reasons for having the three schools on his short list of finalists.

"When I went to Texas A&M for a visit this summer, I spent a lot of time with Coach (David) Beaty and Coach (Kliff) Kingsbury," said Echols-Luper. "They are two gurus of the offense they have. Coach Beaty is a cool, laid-back type of guy, a guy I could vibe with for the next four years. Coach (Kevin) Sumlin has that program on the right track and he's going to get it done there. Their track program is also outstanding.

"At TCU, they have been contending for the national championship the past couple of years, but being in the Mountain West makes it hard to do. Still, I wouldn't be surprised to see them in the BCS National Championship Game just because of how good they have been playing and the players they have. Coach (Gary) Patterson is a great guy. Coach (Trey) Haverty, my recruiter from there, is also a great guy and a great coach.

"Auburn is just home for me. My stepdad (AU RB coach Curtis Luper) is there, Coach Trooper (Taylor) and the other coaches are like my uncles and the players are like my brothers. It's just home for me."

Echols-Luper will announce outside the AHS cafeteria on Tuesday whether he stays home and attends Auburn or goes west to the state of Texas. One thing is certain, when he makes his choice he doesn't plan to change it.

"Once I make it, it's final," he said. "I will be done."

As a junior in football, Echols-Luper threw 17 touchdown passes, one interception and amassed more than 2,500 yards of total offense.

At 6-0, 190 pounds, Echols-Luper runs a 4.41-second 40-yard dash, has a 30-inch vertical leap and a 4.18-second 20-yard shuttle.

Rivals.com ranks him the No. 19 overall prospect in Alabama and the No. 54 athlete in the country.



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