Loukas Leaving for Official Visit

Several recruits are now focusing on official visits and narrowing their list of schools as they end their senior seasons on the gridiron. We did not expect to see Alex Loukas make that transition so soon, but that is the case after a disappointing playoff loss. The Illinois quarterback is zeroing in on his top few favorites currently, including a big official visit to Stanford this weekend.

Deerfield High School quarterback Alex Loukas had his sights set on a long playoff run toward a state championship, but that was cut well short two weeks ago when the Warriors were upset by rival Highland Park in the second round, 23-8.  Deerfield had already beaten the Giants 14-7 during the regular season, and this loss was a bitter pill to swallow.

"We had a great season, and I couldn't have asked for more out of my teammates," Loukas says.  "But losing to our rival Highland Park was not the way any of my teammates or myself wanted to go out.  We did beat a lot of good teams this year, when we weren't necessarily better, just by determination and hard work.  We had a handful of games when we were down in the fourth quarter and never gave up, and we ended up winning a majority of those games."

"To give Highland Park credit, they came out fired up and played very well.  It was a tough way to lose.  The killer instinct wasn't there like it was in our first playoff game," he adds.  "We were not mentally prepared for this game.  We didn't come ready to play a hard game."

At the end of a 9-2 season, Loukas has final stats of 1,750 passing yards and another 770 rushing.  He scored 31 touchdowns (16 passing, 15 rushing) against six interceptions.

That loss was a difficult way to for Loukas conclude his career at Deerfield, but some good news of late has helped to balance the disappointment.  After riding three big offers for much of his recruitment, the Chicagoan added an offer from Illinois and most recently from Vanderbilt.  Loukas and Northwestern recently parted ways after the Wildcats secured their signal caller for the 2006 class in Joe Mauro, but the Deerfield dandy has expanded his options with his senior season play.

"Right now, Stanford and Purdue are my top two, and Illinois and Vandy are tied at three.  But I have to research those schools some more," Loukas allows.

The 6'4" 190-pound slinger took his first official visit to West Lafayette the first weekend of October, and now he is ready to embark on his second trip.  Loukas is leaving for the West Coast this weekend to officially visit Stanford.  That trip was penciled onto the recruit's calendar the last few weeks, but he traced it with ink last Wednesday when he received a fateful phone call from The Farm.  Alex Loukas had been admitted to Stanford.

"I was pretty excited," he explains.  "I was with a couple of my close friends when I found out, and that made it an even better experience.  Then I told my parents, and they were pretty happy."

What does the admission mean for Loukas, and for the Cardinal's chances to corral him in his class?

"Now this just means that I have the opportunity to go to Stanford," he maintains.  "I'm still weighing out my options."

Alex Loukas is the only quarterback to date offered by Stanford in the 2006 class, which punctuates the importance of this weekend's official visit.  We will check back with the Illinois athlete after his return to gauge the visit experience, how the Cardinal stack up against the Boilermakers, and when he might make his college commitment.  Stay tuned.

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