Too Much Drama (College Football Recruiting)
This here’s James Louis, one of the better prep wide receivers in the nation — #31 out of the Rivals top 100 receivers. Schools want him. Men want to be him. James, like most awesome prep football players, is from the state of Florida, meaning he’ll probably wind up at one of the Florida schools to play college ball, right? Not so fast, my friends. Although he is desirable recruit, Louis does not have time for any of the drama that comes along with the recruiting process.
Louis, by the accounts I’ve read, was ready to make a commitment to the defending National Champions — a player of Louis’ ability is normally welcomed with open arms — however, the Gator coaches, specifically Urban Meyer, again, according to reports, asked Louis to wait to make his decision. Apparently, the Gators staff wanted to see if any other recruits were going to commit to play in Gainesville. This approach, coupled with Florida’s lack of communication, completely backfired:
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].”
And now he’s committed to play for Jim Tressel. So much for the Big Ten lacking SEC speed.
The story doesn’t end here, however. In light of Louis’ decision to go to O-H-I-O, members of the Gators staff have been trying to reconnect with the receiver, to which Louis replied, “it’s too late for that,” which, I’m sure, is music to Ohio State’s ears.