Louis has options

This past year, and for the first time in Les Miles' tenure, LSU's recruiting class did not include a player from the state of Florida. The Tigers are looking to get back into the Sunshine State for the 2010 class, and one of their early targets is James Louis from Delray Beach.

Although he will most likely be a receiver at the next level, Louis (5-11, 181) stars on both sides of the ball for Atlantic High School. As a junior, he pulled in 58 passes for 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns, and from his safety spot he picked off five passes and logged 42 stops. Those numbers earned him all-district and third team all-state honors, along with interest from schools from coast to coast.


Though he still has a few months left for his junior year of high school, Louis has already gotten significant attention. He holds offers from close to 20 schools, and even has an early Top 4.


“Some of the schools I have offers from are Florida, Miami, LSU, Virginia Tech, South Florida, Florida International, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Illinois, Auburn, Ole Miss, and Pittsburgh,” Louis said.


“My top four are Florida, Miami, LSU, and Virginia Tech,” added Louis. “I like each of their offenses, and I think I’d fit in well at each school as a slot receiver.”


LSU has been after Louis for a few months now and he says that he’s been sitting on an offer for several months.


“I got the offer from LSU probably four or five months ago,” Louis said. “I really like how their offense is balanced, but they still throw a lot. I want to go somewhere that throws the ball a lot.


“I’ve spoken to Coach (D.J.) McCarthy before,” he added. “He was telling me they really wanted me down there and how I would fit into their offense.”


Louis also hears about LSU from his good friend and former teammate Karnell Hatcher, who graduated from Atlantic in 2008.


“I’m good friends with Karnell,” he said. “We talk probably every other day. He was actually home last weekend so I got to see him then. He really likes it at LSU and was telling me how it’s a great program, and he thinks I’d like it there too. He said I need to take a visit there and see for myself. I’m going to try to do that this summer hopefully.”


LSU is just one of the many schools Louis is hoping to visit this summer before making his decision next fall.


“I’m going to commit kind of early, either before or during the season,” he said. “I want to visit as many schools that I’m interested in as I can over the summer and then maybe take a few official visits early in the fall. Hopefully I’ll be ready to make a decision after that.”

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