Two thumbs up from Louis

LSU linebacker commit Lamar Louis enjoyed his official visit to Baton Rouge this past weekend.

After making multiple trips to Baton Rouge for games this season, Breaux Bridge linebacker and LSU commit Lamar Louis saved his official visit until after the season, hoping he could help play an integral role in the recruitment of Landon Collins – the most coveted prospect in Louisiana.

"It was just five of us, so it was a good weekend where we could relax and stay close," said Louis, who was joined by Collins and fellow LSU commitments Dwayne Thomas, Ronnie Feist and Deion Jones. "Landon had a good time. I could tell he was having a real good time. If he doesn't like something, you can tell. I asked him, and he said he was having a really good time.

"I think things are looking up with that situation."

More importantly for Louis, who has been committed to LSU since April 5, the weekend was about getting a glimpse at his future.

"This Friday is my last day of school," Louis said. "Then I will ship off my transcript and be good to go. I am super excited.

"We were leaving campus (Sunday) and the coaches told me the recruitment process is almost over for me and now they are going to start treating me like a player. They didn't say see you later, they said see you in a minute."

Louis arrived to campus on Friday, where he went down the traditional official visit checklist, beginning with a dinner alongside Coach Les Miles at Texas de Brazil.

"That was one of the highlights of the weekend," Louis said. "It was a real good experience for me. It was a little different, and I had to get into the hang of getting that full. The way you get the food is funny and unique, but it was really good."

The food intake didn't stop there.

"We ate really good," Louis said. "We went out to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. I will never be underweight at LSU because they eat so well."

The other highlight of Louis' weekend came in front of a television at West Campus Apartments.

"We were just hanging out with the players, and I got to play some video games against Tyrann Mathieu," Louis said. "To meet those players outside of football was pretty good. Everyone was really down to Earth.

"We played video games and went and rented movies and just hung out. It was everything I expected and then more. Building on those relationships with players and coaches was what I wanted to do this weekend."

Louis was hosted by sophomore defensive tackle Bennie Logan.

"I really didn't know Bennie personally, but I got to know him real well over the weekend," Louis said. "He's a younger guy and I'm excited about getting to know him more. This team is young, and everyone gets along. That's one thing I really like."

Though Louis got a chance to sit down and talk with every assistant on the staff, it was a conversation with defensive coordinator John Chavis that left the biggest impression on the future outside linebacker.

"I talked to Coach Chavis the most," Louis said. "I sat in on a film session before practice and talked to him about coming in early and learning the calls and plays. With the depth chart, if I come in and learn the plays and dominate, then I have a shot freshman year at playing time."

Add in time spent around fellow commitments and Collins, and Louis gave the weekend two thumbs up.

"These official visits are good because the five of us got to know each other better," Louis said. "We all know Landon and he's like a brother to us, but I got to be around Debo Jones for the first time. He was really cool, and now I have a good relationship started up with him. The committed linebackers in this class are all close."

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