Buckeyes Get Surprising Commitment from James Louis

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James Louis
I thought David Durham was a surprising commitment, though a further review of his situation led me to be not as surprised.  James Louis’ decision to commit to the Buckeyes still has me scratching my head, though I’m just as thrilled as surprised at the prospect.

Imagine my reaction and, from the looks of it, the reaction at Bucknuts and Rivals.com.  When I read Durham’s portfolio, I expected the Buckeyes could secure a verbal from a Southern talent when other offers and interest came from the likes of West Virginia, Texas A&M, Illinois, Colorado, Georgia Tech and UNC.  Louis, on the other hand, is already an Under Armour All-American with offers from Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Miami, LSU, Georgia and more.  When his name first came across my path, I wrote him off, telling myself “he’ll have fun in the SEC”.  The Buckeyes have been on bit of a recruiting roll of late, but plucking a talent like James Louis from the southeast and from the likes of those heavyweights is rare.  Michael Brewster and Jaamal Berry are exceptions and not the general rule.

James is a 4-star wide receiver prospect from Delray Beach in Florida.  The area is not far removed from Boca Raton, where Louis is originally from and where the Bellisaris used to roam.  What makes this commitment even more curious for me is that no one — not Scout.com, Rivals.com or Bucknuts — has been able to contact Louis and say why he made this decision.  I suspected he’d end up a Florida Gator.  I’d be interested to know what happened on this regard.  I was under the impression he had already committed to Florida.

Video is here, if you’re interested.  James Louis compensates for the Buckeyes missing out on Andre Debose, an athlete (receiver) from last year’s class that the Buckeyes wanted but ultimately lost to Florida.  The video reveals an explosive wide receiver prospect with good size and great speed.  He excels at just about every aspect of the receiver game and would be the consummate home run threat, especially on underneath routes.

For the meantime, this is an excellent get.  For the future, I’d love to know why1 and if he’s even visited Ohio State previously.

EDIT: The Orlando Sentinel confirms what I had suspected.  Urban wanted James Louis as a contingency plan, specifically eyeing Chris Dunkley.  With Louis absent from Friday Night Lights, Urban decided to put the move on Dunkley who had a great performance there.

Now they can focus on Dunkley all right, as Louis has decommitted from the Gators in favor of Ohio State after weeks of hearing he wasn’t wanted. Pretty interesting stuff about how, according to Louis, Urban Meyer told him not to talk to the media about the commitment, all the while not returning calls. This is when you wished coaches could talk about recruits per NCAA rules.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel also extracted this from James:

When he called Florida to inform the school that the Gators were his pick, the coaching staff was happy, but head coach Urban Meyer asked him not to talk about his decision with the media for a few days. Louis didn’t really think much about that comment, until this past week.

After being unable to attend Florida’s Friday Night Lights Camp, Louis started to see numerous stories popping up online about how Florida wasn’t going to accept his commitment and how he might have to wait until the staff saw who else ended up committing. That set off alarms in his head and he immediately began calling and e-mailing Meyer and his coaching staff.

After five or so days of silence from Florida’s end, Louis said to heck with it and called the Ohio State coaches to let them know he will be a Buckeye next year.

“It was really frustrating,” Louis said. “I wasn’t just going to sit around and wait for [Florida].”

Louis and Atlantic coach Andre Thaddies said after news surfaced that Louis had decided to go to Ohio State, now the Florida coaching staff has called and e-mail numerous times. Louis hasn’t returned any of those calls or e-mails saying, “it’s too late for that.”

This accounts for “why not Florida”, but I’d love to hear more about “why Ohio State”.

  1. Taylor Graham did some “recruiting” at the ESPN Rise Games in Orlando.  I’m not sure if James Louis was there, and if he was, and I’m not sure how much of an impact he would have. []

 

Written by: Vico | full bio

Vico is the nom de guerre of the founder and current website chair of Our Honor Defend. He is currently living in exile in Alabama.

 

13 Responses to “Buckeyes Get Surprising Commitment from James Louis”

  1. 1 Jake

    On one comment on a youtube video I came across earlier it said that he was going to commit to Florida about two weeks ago. The next comment said that Florida wouldn’t accept his commitment until they saw his transcripts. Could he simply be pissed off at Florida and trying to make them want him back? If he hasn’t visited Columbus there’s no way he’d commit this early, is there?

  2. 2 Vico

    I’ve also pieced together that James Louis wanted to commit to the Gators, was basically giving them a commitment, and that Urban wasn’t willing to accept it. There may have been a few more players on Urban’s board ahead of James, and James’ absence from Friday Night Lights may have cost him (w/ respect to Florida).

  3. 3 Vico

    http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_college_uf/2009/07/atlantic-wr-james-louis-spurns-gators-commits-to-ohio-state.html

    http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports/highschool/palm/blog/2009/07/atlantics_james_louis_now_head.html

    Confirms what I had thought was going on.

  4. 4 Vico

    Apparently Cris Carter got into his ear. Louis admits in that Rivals.com article that he hasn’t seen Ohio State, but is going on the word of Cris Carter. He says he’s not taking other visits, will not consider anyone else and is already scheduling his official visit.

  5. 5 poop

    Woohoo! Welcome James. There’s still a lot of time but I think when he makes an official he’ll know he made the right decision.

  6. 6 Matt

    Also reportedly with a 2.6 GPA and an 18 ACT. I still don’t feel like this one is in the bank, I suspect Louis will continued to receive heavy recruitment, especially if Meyer doesn’t get the WR recruits he originally wanted.

  7. 7 Vico

    http://www.bucknuts.com/index.php/Football-Recruiting-Article/louis-on-tressel-he-is-ready-for-me-to-get-up-there.html

    More on this commitment. It seems like James Louis is keeping the door open for Florida should they put on a full court press. It’s why my post took on more of a wait-and-see approach.

  8. 8 Poe McKnoe

    Because, obviously, no one prepares a receiver for the NFL quite like Florida…

  9. 9 Ed

    Recruiting drama like this happens all over the country, its a shame to in a way. But , one programs misfortune is anothers fortune.

  10. 10 Ron

    Hooray beer! :beer:
    That oughta spice-up BKAB next year, eh Vico?
    Commiting sight-unseen is always a risk. Let’s hope they out on the dog when he comes out to visit.
    Oh, BTW, I got my own personal copy of Buckeye Battle Cry 2009. I read OHD’s articles first and foremost. Nice job guys!

  11. 11 Ron

    … that’s “put on the dog” … my bad…

  12. 12 Anonymous

    Good for him. I’m glad he stuck up for himself and didn’t wait for Florida. Hope he sticks with us and has a successful NFL career as well.

  13. 13 JiM

    Im not convinced until he signs on the dotted line

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