Edward Paris is ranked No. 16 overall in the Top247 for 2014 and he is committed to LSU. Let’s take a closer look at what makes the five-star safety special and where we think he ends up come signing day.
Ed Paris is LSU's highest rated commitment for 2014
Jersey No: 3
Hometown/School Arlington (Texas)/Mansfield Timberview HS
247Sports Ranking: No. 16 Top247; No. 2 S; No. 3 Texas
247Composite Ranking: No. 28 Composite; No. 3 S; No. 4 Texas
247Sports Rating: 98
247Composite Rating: 0.9846
Committed To: LSU on 2/25/2013
Ed Paris has been on LSU’s radar since he was a freshman as he has strong family connections to the New Orleans area that include former Edna Karr head coach and current Louisiana Tech running backs coach Jabbar Juluke (uncle). The five-star defensive back started as a freshman at Arlington-Mansfield Timberview and picked off two passes. He has 17 career picks – eight as a sophomore and seven as a freshman – to go with 41 more PBU’s. Paris is slated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January and was a first team All-America selection by 247Sports.
Size: Paris has good size in the 6-foot-1, 195-pound range with good length. He wants to play corner in college, but his body type is what you see in safeties as he will add weight to his upper body and his lower body is already thick for someone his age. Paris is the type that will have to really focus on his weight if he wants to stay at corner.
Closing Speed: Paris shows a good burst when he closes on the ball or ball carrier. He delivers big hits when he gets there. He doesn’t get turned around too often, but when he does he is able to get back into good coverage position. His feet are surprisingly quick for someone his size, but he does need to work on his technique and staying square in his back pedal as he can sometimes lose his balance.
Coverage Skills: He is physical in press coverage and does a good job of jamming his man and throwing him off his route. He can turn and run with the bigger, physical receivers, but can have some struggles with guys with good quickness and who have elite speed. One thing he really does well is using his body to position himself to make the receiver go through him to get the ball.
Run/Pass Recognition: He is instinctive in diagnosing run/pass. He reads quarterbacks and receivers well to close on the ball quickly even when he has to recover from false steps and questionable footwork. He will sometimes take chances and risks in making the big play, but more often than not he makes those plays. He also does a good job of staying with his man and not falling for the pump fake.
Ball Skills: Paris has good hands and makes a lot of plays on the ball with his physical nature. He can climb a ladder and make plays with athletic receivers when the ball is at its highest point. When he has the ball in his hands he is a threat to make a big play which is evident from the two interceptions he returned for scores as a junior. He has a knack for staying with the ball when he tips it and making the pick.
Run Support: He is not shy of contact and does a good job of getting off blocks to make the tackle. Paris looks to deliver the big hit a little more than you would like to see and needs to get better at wrapping up and making the secure tackle.
Pro Level: Antrel Rolle 6-0/206 New York Giants
Arizona made Antrel Rolle the eighth selection overall when it drafted him in 2005 out of Miami. Rolle was able to play his career at Miami at cornerback despite many feeling he was destined to play free safety. In eight years in the league, Rolle has picked off 17 passes and has spent the last three years with the Giants after spending five with the Cardinals.
College Level: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 6-1/210 Alabama
Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix was the No, 2 safety and No. 19 prospect overall when he inked with Alabama in the 2011 class. Clinton-Dix is a little taller and may have a little more length, but Paris looks to have better cover skills.
LSU: Brandon Taylor 2008-2011
Danny McCray was someone else who came to mind when looking at Paris’ game, but despite the size difference I went with Brandon Taylor. Like Paris, Taylor started off at corner for the Tigers before moving to safety to finish up his career. The move paid off as Taylor was a third round selection by the San Diego Chargers in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Normally, when a school lands an out-of-state prospect as highly regarded as Paris the commitment is usually one that makes people nervous. In this case, though, Paris is basically a New Orleans boy and his commitment with the Tigers is on solid ground. Barring a coaching change, LSU fans should not worry about this one.
What’s Your Call
We want to hear what you think so after you watch Paris’ videos tell us what you think in the thread below. What are his strengths, areas for improvement, and who does he compare to at the NFL level and college level? What former Tiger does he remind you of and does he sign with LSU on signing day?