May 28, 2012

Interest rising for Echols-Luper

Southern Miss, Toledo, UTEP and Vanderbilt were Auburn (Ala.) athlete Cameron Echols-Luper's only committed suitors until recently when Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Wake Forest came forward with scholarship offers.

Arkansas, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, Ole Miss, Southern California and TCU have visited Echols-Luper, who prefers to be called Cam and is the stepson of Auburn running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Curtis Luper. Echols-Luper is going to visit TCU next week. The Horned Frogs have not offered Echols-Luper a scholarship, but he thinks they are close to doing so. He may also try to fit a trip to Oklahoma State into his schedule next week.

"Probably the ones that have given me the most interest are probably Ole Miss and North Carolina," Echols-Luper said. "They're both recruiting me as a DB. I know Coach [Wesley] McGriff for Ole Miss, because he recruited one of my teammates. I know about the whole North Carolina staff, because they coached with my [step] dad."

Aside from North Carolina and Ole Miss Echols-Luper is unsure of where he will take his other three official visits. He said a trip to Wake Forest is a possibility, because it is close to UNC.

Steed Lobotzke is recruiting Echols-Luper for the Demon Deacons.

"I just met him the other day, because he called me," Echols-Luper said. "It was his one call. That is what he used. He told me I have an offer from Wake Forest. Coach Lobo seemed like a very cool, down to earth guy."

Echols-Luper said the Deacs are pursuing him for quarterback.

"Mainly their [Wake's] offense is just like [Former Auburn offensive coordinator and current Arkansas State Head] Coach [Gus] Malzahn's, which is what I run at Auburn High," Echols-Luper said. "Any type of offense that resembles Coach Malzahn's offense is basically what suits me."

He displayed dual-threat capability last season, as he passed for 1,400 yards, 17 touchdowns and one interception, and rushed for 700 yards and nine touchdowns. Echols-Luper is trying to convince his coach to let him play some defense this fall along with his responsibilities at quarterback.

The 6-feet, 190-pound prospect, who is rated as a three-recruit by, is being pursued by most of his suitors as a defensive back or slot receiver, while some are targeting him as a quarterback.

"Whatever my pick at the end of the day it doesn't matter which position I play," Echols-Luper said. "I'm going to work my butt off just to get on the field somehow. It doesn't matter if it's on special teams. The door is open for whatever position for whatever school."

He added the door is open for any team to offer him a scholarship. However, he wants to play for a college that is in a position to compete for championships and to help him get to the NFL.

"I'm a student first," Echols-Luper said. "Athletics come second. That's how it is in my household, but of course like a good academic program. I want to run track in college as well, so they have to have a pretty good track program for me also [and] also football [must be] pretty good."

"I'm not going sit here, because my step dad is a coach at Auburn. At the end of the day where I feel most comfortable is the best fit for me. I'm from Texas. I'm a Texas boy at heart. If it comes down to it and I don't feel like anywhere in Texas is the right place for me then of course I'm going to be with my dad no matter what, because that's family. He's going to treat me the way other coaches treat me. At the end of the day it's where I feel the most comfortable."

Echols-Luper hopes to choose a school midway through his senior season.

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