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May 31, 2012

Echols-Luper sets records, adds offer

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Auburn High quarterback/athlete Cameron Echols-Luper was not able to attend Auburn University's Big Cat Weekend. The local standout was busy setting personal records in track.

Echols-Luper, running for Speed City, a summer track team based in Birmingham, had personal bests in both the long jump and the 200-meter dash at a meet on Saturday. He ran a 21.15-second 200-meter dash and had a long jump of 25'0".

Echols-Luper's personal-best performances over the weekend come just weeks after winning three high school state titles: one in the long jump (23'6"), one in the 200-meters (21.28 seconds) and one in the 4x100-meter relay.

Echols-Luper, also a standout quarterback, plans to play football and run track in college, and already has several opportunities to do so. Entering this week, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Memphis, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Southern Miss, Toledo, UTEP and Wake Forest had all offered.

Echols-Luper found out on Wednesday a new team had joined the group.

"TCU offered," said Echols-Luper. "I'm really excited about that offer. I really can't express how happy I am about it. I'm from there so I'm really fired up about it."

Echols-Luper will continue to run track this summer, but will also mix in appearances at several football camps including one next week to his newest offer.

"I'm going to TCU next week for their camp," he said. "I've never been there, but I've heard a lot about them and watched them play on television quite a few times so I'm looking forward to it.

"I'll probably go to one of Auburn's camps, too, but I'm not sure of any others right now."

In addition to the schools that have offered, Echols-Luper is receiving heavy interest from Auburn, Georgia, Miami, and Arkansas. With offers continuing to roll in, and interest from other schools picking up, Echols-Luper said he's not in any hurry to make a college choice.

"I'm just going to let everything roll in and see what happens," he said. "I'm not going to rush into anything."

Although he's not planning an early decision, Echols-Luper did say a few teams stick out to him more than others right now.

"TCU has been giving me a lot of interest," he said. "They came out and saw me in the spring and had been in contact with me before. It's mainly TCU and Ole Miss. Those two schools are the ones I'm really look at right now."

As a junior in football, Echols-Luper threw 17 touchdown passes and just one interception leading the Tigers to an 8-2 and birth in the 6A state playoffs. By the end of the season, the two-year starter totaled more than 2,500 yards of offense.



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