LSU has always enjoyed great success with recruiting in St.
Martin Parish, and that trend certainly continued today when the Tigers added
commitments from Breaux Bridge natives Lamar Louis (Teurlings Catholic HS) and
Travin Dural (Breaux Bridge HS).
"It's definitely one of the best days of my life," Louis said. "It's a dream come true. A few days ago I asked Travin when he was going to commit to LSU, and he said he would do it when I did. I told him we should commit together and that's what we did. We're both from Breaux Bridge and live right by each other."
Louis felt some butterflies earlier this morning, just prior to the big moment.
"I was feeling good when I got up this morning, but right when it was time to commit - I got so happy that I was shaking," he explained. "I'm very happy and satisfied with my decision.”
That feeling was obviously shared by the LSU staff.
"The coaches were really happy and excited when we committed," Louis said. "They wanted to get the ball rolling. Coach (Brick) Haley said the coaches could look and focus on their current team more now that we've committed. I think the coaches don't like the recruiting process to linger when they want a player. They were happy they didn't have to go through a lot to get Travin and myself."
What was the reaction from Louis' family?
"My family always knew I wanted to play for LSU," he said. "I think they were in shock and awe, though, because it's one thing to think about committing to LSU and another to actually do it.
"When I got the offer Saturday, I wanted to go ahead and commit that night. My dad was a little nervous about me making a decision that quickly, so we held up. Then, I decided I wanted to commit on Sunday. After we delayed it to Monday, we eventually decided there was no sense in continuing to back it up further."
Louis, who was named Combine King at the recent Baton Rouge National Underclassmen Combine, is that rare breed of athlete who possesses the ability to play (and thrive) on either side of the ball in the SEC.
Which position will he play at LSU?
"As far as position goes, it's up for grabs," said Louis. "Coach Les said he would let me choose (RB or LB). He did say there's a present need at strongside linebacker, and that I could play early at that spot.
"That fits well with me. At running back, I would have to compete and beat out a couple of people to get playing time, so I'm leaning towards strongside linebacker going in."