The stepson of Auburn recruiting coordinator Curtis Luper, the quarterback at Auburn High School, never really gave the Tigers a look.
Cameron Echols-Luper, a three-star prospect who'll play wideout in college, picked Auburn's new SEC West rival Texas A&M. TCU was the only other real contender for the speedy 6-1, 190-pounder.
Echols-Luper grew up in Texas and longed to go back where much of his family lives.
“He let myself and coach (Gene) Chizik know early on, like a long time ago, that he wanted to play in Texas,” Curtis Luper told the Opelika-Auburn News. “Once he let me know that and let coach Chizik know it, Auburn wasn't really a player at all. We never even got to where we were offering Cameron because Cameron was going to play in Texas.
“He just has a lot of pride in where he's from, and he's been away from Texas for 11 years now, and that's where all of our family is — all the people who have not had the opportunity to see him play. They will have that opportunity now to see him play, and we will, too. It works well for everybody.”
Echols-Luper is a track star who accounted for 2,339 yards of total offense and 25 touchdowns last year at Auburn HS. He threw for 17 scores, rushed for eight, and only had one interception. He's 16-4 as the starting quarterback.
“Being from Texas, I really picked the two Texas schools because I want to go back home where I first started off,” Echols-Luper told the paper. “Texas A&M's in the SEC, that's a big conference. Texas A&M, it just felt right.
“That's home to me. Texas A&M is only three and half or four hours from my hometown. That's not far at all. It's like a dream come true.”
His stepdad has been Auburn's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator since 2009, following stints at Oklahoma State and New Mexico.
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