West Brook's Louis orally commits to Lamar
West Brook quarterback Christian Louis said Monday new facilities, a promising coaching staff and the chance to play at home were enough for him to decide to play college football at Lamar University.
These days, Louis' opinion is being shared by other Southeast Texas football players, as he is the sxith local product to commit to Lamar, which is in the process of rebuilding a football program that has not played a game since 1989.
Lamar's first game is set for Sept. 4, 2010, at McNeese State in Lake Charles, La.
Until then, LU head coach Ray Woodard and his staff will continue to piece together a 50-plus player roster over the 17 months between now and that first opening kickoff.
LU hired Woodard in May, and he has since secured oral commitments from Louis, Lumberton offensive lineman Mark Murrill, Nederland receiver Asa Cardenas, Ozen offensive lineman John Prescott and Port Neches-Groves quarterback Harrison Tatum, all high school seniors.
Also set to join the football program is former West Orange-Stark standout Andre Bevil, a two-year junior college player at Navarro College. Bevil signed a letter of intent Dec. 16.
More Southeast Texans are sure to join the program, but a high school senior such as Louis cannot officially do so until Feb. 4, the first day on which NCAA rules allow high school seniors to sign a letter of intent to play football at a particular school.
Before then, all commitments are verbal and non-binding.
Louis, the latest to verbally commit to LU, said he is pleased LU coaches are recruiting locally.
``It says a lot that they want to stay in the area and get the best talent and not just someone who is decent,'' said Louis, a two-year starter who threw for 1,579 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.
``That is what I felt comfortable with. Coach Woodard talked to me about how they also had one of the best junior college recruiting classes.''
NCAA rules prevent college coaches from talking about recruits until a letter of intent is signed.
``Coach Woodard sat me down in his office four times and he said they wanted me and I was going to be a big recruit and a big signee,'' said Louis, whose father, Arthur, played quarterback at South Park High School and Sam Houston State University and is an assistant to West Brook coach Craig Stump.
``It just seemed like the right thing to do at this point,'' the younger Louis said. ``It was about having the chance to play in front of my family, and God willing, make an impact on the team.