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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
DeSoto's Echols relieved after signing with UT

By Randy Jennings

DeSOTO, Texas -- After signing a letter of  intent with Texas, Bryson Echols said the feeling was one of relief.

Bryson Echols
DeSoto's Bryson Echols committed to Texas in Feb. 2011 and signed with the Longhorns nearly a year later.
“I worked hard since I was a freshman for this day and now I’m glad it is over,’’ said the DeSoto cornerback, who is No. 79 in the ESPNU 150.

Echols (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) was a four-year varsity player for the Eagles, competing at  one of the most difficult of positions. He made an early oral commitment to Mack Brown and the Longhorns.

Claude Mathis, DeSoto’s head coach throughout Echols' career, could not be a part of signing day. Mathis recently accepted a job as an assistant coach at the University of Houston.

“Even though Coach Mathis wasn’t here in person, I know his heart was here,’’ Echols said.