USF Visit Leads to Offer for Standout LB

Hans Louis, the Chaminade-Madonna standout linebacker and Sun Sentinel small school Defensive Player of the Year, made a trip to Tampa for an official visit with USF this past weekend. Read on for all the details and see where the Bulls stand. Stay informed with

Chaminade-Madonna standout linebacker Hans Louis, the Sun Sentinel Class 3A-2A-2B-1A-1B Defensive Player of the Year, made a trip to Tampa for an official visit with USF this past weekend.

"The visit was good, it went real good," said Louis. "It was a real nice weekend and it was a whole lot of fun."

Besides being named the Defensive Player of the Year Hans (6'1-220) was First team All-county and runner-up for the Overall Player of the Year after recording 91 tackles, a whole bunch of them for a loss, 15 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, 1 interception, and scored one defensive score.

Hans spent the weekend touring the campus, seeing Raymond James Stadium, the locker rooms, checked out the dorms, went to the student center, and were basically shown how it would be living on campus. During the weekend Louis was hosted by USF defensive back John Lejiste.

"I never met him before, but he was nice and just real quiet, but he's a real cool dude."

Louis also got to meet all the players, and got to hang out with them and see what the team was like.

"I hung out with JuJu (Forte) the defensive end, and I also hung out with Sterling Griffin & Kavon Webster, I knew them from before I went up there. They're all real cool, and it was a lot of fun."

He also got to go out to eat on a dinner cruise around Tampa Bay, lunch at Busch Gardens and dinner at one of the oldest restaurants in Florida, the Columbia in Ybor City.

"My favorite part was actually going into the locker rooms and seeing my name on the locker," said Hans. "We put on the USF jersey and the helmet, and stuff like that. It was real nice."

The Chaminade standout also got to spend time with the USF coaching staff and get to meet the Bulls new Head Coach Skip Holtz.

"He's a cool coach and real nice," said Hans. "He was real honest with me about what was going on and stuff like that with the offer. He told me he really like me a lot. He said he likes me at either Mike or SAM."

This was Louis's second official after already being to Marshall. The school he committed to last week. There were rumors that USF had offered him prior, but Louis said that wasn't the case.

"It wasn't really an offer," said Louis. "The coach told me at the time they couldn't offer me while they were sorting though what was available, but he told me he let me know by midweek."

Louis didn't have to that long and received a phone call from the Bulls staff shortly after his visit with some good news.

"After I got home I got a call from the staff and they said they offered me a full scholarship," said Louis. "They said they want me to come up there, and they really like me a lot. That made me feel good, to get an offer from a top BC school."

After receiving the offer from the Bulls how does that affect the linebacker's recruitment?

"I'm still committed to Marshall, but it gives me a lot to think about," said Hans. "I'll keep praying, and if I they want me to change my mind than I'll change it. I'll pray on it and even thought I'm committed, I'l keep my options open and see what's best."

"When I spoke to my family they were shocked and impressed," said Louis. "They want me to go where my heart is and to follow what my heart says."

Now that he has an offer from USF, but is committed to Marshall, Hans said his decision has gotten a lot harder.

"Yeah it is kind of hard, because in the back of the head you can have the ability to play for a BCS Bowl and play in the National Championship game, and playing in that game has been a dream of mine for awhile. Marshall was where my heart was and I haven't had a chance to really compare them."

Louis has some thinking to do, but knows what is most important to him in where he goes to college.

"It's which one will give me a better future overall, and make me more successful," said Louis. "Both schools are really good and I have a relationship with the coaches at both. They both are real genuine with me and it real."

Does playing time or early playing time make a difference?

"At Marshall I may have a better chance at early playing time, but USF they got new coaches and a few guys left, so there are spots that are open. Sabbath is the only starter that is coming back."

Louis says he also pays attention to players the school puts into the NFL, and is aware that USF has put several linebackers into the big show over the years.

"Yeah I think about that a lot," said Hans. "I seen USF has put in a lot players and a lot of linebackers into the NFL," said Louis. "Also the DE coach Hargreaves coached linebackers at UM for a while and he put a lot of linebackers into the NFL. He said he really like my technique and he's going to coach me up."

For his last visit Louis said he's deciding between Buffalo, WKU, and West Virginia for the upcoming weekend. "It'll probably be WKU, because we kind of scheduled it a long time ago."

As of right now Louis a remains committed to Marshall, but says he has a lot of thinking to do.

"My family says it's on me, but they want me to take my time," said Hans. "Marshall seemed like a good place, but USF the way they're approaching me is coming up too. I'll keep praying until I get some answers."

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