4-Star Floridian On Board With Tigers

One of the nation's top receiver prospects for the class of 2012 has committed to the Auburn football Tigers. His comments plus game highlights are featured.

Miami Beach, Fla.--Auburn picked up another commitment from a Big Cat Weekend visitor on Tuesday as four-star wide receiver prospect Ricardo Louis chose the Auburn Tigers.

On Saturday evening after his visit to check out the Tigers, Louis said that Auburn was his favorite. On Tuesday he decided to end recruiting, choosing Auburn over Ohio State, FSU, LSU and Alabama, the other teams on his top five.

"I love the family atmosphere at Auburn and that is the thing that is most important to me," the 6-2, 205-pound receiver says.

The Under Armour All-American also notes that Auburn's need for receivers factored into his decision along with his respect for AU wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor.

"A lot of people have told me that Trooper Taylor is one of the best receivers' coaches in the country," he says. "It is a great opportunity to have him as my coach. I know since he got to Auburn the receivers have really improved."

Louis originally planned to wait until January to announce his college choice during the Under Armour All-American Game, but says he decided to commit early to make sure he had a spot in Auburn's 2012 signee class.

"It feels good to make a decision and get it done," he says. "I feel good about my decision to attend Auburn. I really like the people there and the campus.

"This summer I can get a job and work out with my team to get ready for my senior year," he adds.

"I am going to concentrate on having a great season this year and try to break school records," he says. "I want to be remembered as a great player at my school who people will remember for years to come."

The versatile athlete played quarterback last fall and he will continue in that role along with playing at least three other positions. "I am also going to play wide receiver, running back and safety," he says.

Academically, Louis is in good shape. He notes that he takes honors classes at Miami Beach High. "I am interested in majoring in psychology," he says. "Either that or sports management."

Louis says he is excited about his opportunity to play receiver in Auburn's offense, which averaged 41.2 points per game last season at the Tigers posted a 14-0 record on the way to winning the BCS National Championship. "I talked to Coach (Gus) Malzahn, the offensive coordinator, and he thinks that I will be a really good fit for what they do," he says. "I am excited about the chance in his system."

Louis says he enjoyed his trip to Auburn for the Big Cat Weekend. "It is a lot of fun and I am looking forward to coming back again for a visit later this year," he says.



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