Louis Ready To Start Buckeye Career

When James Louis officially enrolls in classes next month at Ohio State, fans of the program can let out a sigh of relief most have been keeping in since his verbal commitment last summer. The four-star wideout will be a Buckeye after staying true to his verbal commitment and could make an impact on the field this fall.

The questioning, cajoling and (mostly) good-natured ribbing has finally come to an end for James Louis.

A four-star wide receiver prospect from Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic, James initially issued a verbal commitment to Florida. After the Gators urged him to keep it quiet, however, James switched sides and committed to play for Ohio State.

That commitment was made public July 29, but his recruitment did not end there. Florida attempted to win James back over, and a number of other schools also lobbied the 5-11, 178-pound athlete to again change his mind.

James' decision was final, and after signing with the Buckeyes in February he will enroll for classes next month. As time has gone on, James said the community around him has grown more accepting of his decision.

"I don't really get that a lot down here," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "Not really. When I first committed, at first I got that a couple times but now I don't get that anymore."

On signing day, OSU wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell said he felt Louis never wavered in his commitment to the Buckeyes. He also drew an on-field comparison between Louis and former Buckeye Santonio Holmes.

It is not the first time Louis has heard such talk.

"I hear that all the time," he said. "I hear that from people in my neighborhood. It's nice, but I want to be my own player. I want to be a playmaker."

As a member of the 2002 recruiting class, Holmes was listed as a four-star prospect and the No. 13 wideout in the nation following a prep career at Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central.

Also on signing day, Hazell said he envisions Louis being able to immediately help in the return game and said he could crack the lineup at wide receiver as a true freshman. Early playing time is not on Louis' early list of priorities, however.

"I think I'm just an all-around playmaker," he said. "I can be a receiver but I can also have an impact on special teams. I just want to get there and work hard. That's all I'm focused on right now."

Louis said school let out for him a few weeks ago. The time post-high school and pre-college has been spent following the workout regimen assigned to him by the OSU coaches. The biggest difference between the workouts and what he had been doing before has been in the amount of weightlifting, James said.

In addition, Louis said the Buckeyes sent him two videos as well. One demonstrates team and position drills he will go through at OSU and the other details formations and plays the team will use this fall.

"It's just got a lot of formations and stuff, moving guys around to trick up opponents," he said.

From an academic standpoint, Louis said he scored a 20 on the ACT more than a year ago and is not concerned with passing admissions.

When he enrolls, Louis will share a room with fellow freshman Christian Bryant, a four-star cornerback from Cleveland Glenville. The two met while Louis was in Columbus for his official visit, and they have already started discussing who is bringing what for the room.

With a number of one-on-one battles to be waged between the two in the coming years, they have also engaged in some trash talking.

"Oh yeah, we talk about that stuff," Louis said with a laugh.

Together, Louis said he feels the future is bright for the Buckeyes although his recruiting class was ranked 20th nationally by Scout.com.

"I think we've got a good recruiting class coming in," he said. "We should be able to win a couple of championships."


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