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February 26, 2013
Paris looks to continue Texas trend
Dallas Jackson is the National Columnist for Rivals.com. Email him your comments or story ideas to DallasJ@Yahoo-Inc.com and follow him on Twitter.
It was short and sweet, "LSU fans turn it up."
The five-word phrase was the body of the Tweet that Mansfield (Texas) Timberview safety Edward Paris used to announce his commitment to the SEC program Monday night.
Paris became the sixth verbal pledge to the Tigers in the Class of 2014 and the second major player to cross over to Louisiana from Texas -- joining Chris Hardeman of Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor.
Paris is the No. 38 player in the Rivals100. Hardeman is ranked No. 199 in the Rivals250.
Paris followed his commitment tweet with one explaining his decision, "It has been a long and hard decision to make as the schools I visited showed my much love and support as it related to me growing personally."
Hardeman was the first commit to the class. He has taken to shepherding others to join him.
"I want to recruit the best players I can for my class to play with me," Hardeman told Rivals.com. "I want to play with the best and I know guys want to play with other good players. I feel like I'm doing that right now. Hopefully by the time (next) February rolls around next year we'll have the No. 1 class in the country."
The No. 1 class is a goal that could be attained in Baton Rouge.
Following the commitment of Paris, LSU now has five players in the class rated as four-star prospects by Rivals.com. The class has the potential to land multiple five-star players as the top running back in the country and the top offensive tackle in the country - Leonard Fournette and Cameron Robinson, respectively - are considered LSU leans.
While it is well documented that top-ranked Louisiana players seldom leave the state, Rivals.com looks back at some of the successful players LSU has pulled out of Texas and what happened while they were on campus. P>
LSU'S BEST RECRUITS FROM TEXAS
Michael Brockers, No. 201 in class of 2009
Ron Brooks, No. 21 player from Texas in Class of 2007
Matt Flynn, No. 40 player in Texas in Class of 2003
Herman Johnson, No. 30 in class of 2004
Jarrett Lee, No. 25 in Texas in Class of 2007
Brandon LaFell, No. 32 in Texas in Class of 2005
Craig Loston, No. 20 in class of 2009
Jalen Mills, No. 80 in Texas in Class of 2012
Terrance Tolliver, No. 13 in class of 2007