ABOUT THE PLAYER: Versatility is the first word that comes to mind with Louis. He excels as both a WR and DB and has the type of natural size that could project to either side. It is assumed that the Buckeyes are recruiting him for the offensive side of the ball. As a WR he has speed and a body that can fill out to 195-200 down the road. He has good feet which produces some wiggle and cutting ability. Has a good feel in the passing game and sound technique, he will use his body to create separation and shield defenders. Play-maker with the ball in his hands. Louis could be a good complementary WR early in his career and it will be up to him if he can develop into a "go to", #1 type down the road. He did not do many camps or combines raising mild concerns about competitiveness. Defensively, there is a lot to like and might be ideally suited to a FS role. Many think he has a higher ceiling in the secondary, particularly if he was able to handle the CB spot. It is believed that he prefers offense however.
RECRUITING: He comes from a high school that consistently has produced D-1 football players, including QB Mark Leal (Virginia Tech) and RB Darnell Kirkwood(Minnesota) who are already commits this year. Last year saw CB Jayron Hosley go to Virginia Tech and two years ago S Karnell Hatcher inked with LSU. In 2005, OT Orlando Franklin(Miami) and WR Preston Parker(FSU) signed in-state.
Several media outlets reported that Louis was trying to commit to Florida about 10 days ago, that never materialized and then he missed Friday Night Lights. It is unclear what happened there, but it no longer matters, he is a Buckeye commit. North Carolina was also considered a program that he had high interest in.
FOR THE BUCKEYES: They like to recruit Florida. They landed three players in 2009, however FB Carlos Hyde did not get in and is expected to Prep and be back in January. The Buckeyes landed four in 2008 with C Michael Brewster making an immediate impact last year. They are in the thick of it this year with DB Lamarcus Joyner and made Brandon Linder's final 4, although appear to be on the outside looking in. They did land 3 WR's in 2009 including Florida product Duron Carter, James Jackson, and Chris Fields. Athlete Corey Brown could see time at either WR or CB. It is unknown how many WR's they are looking for in this class, but Louis is a good start. He is generally considered a top 10 WR in a deep year in the Sunshine State. This is an excellent pick-up for the Buckeyes.
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