As a junior, James Louis caught 56 passes for 1,128 yards and 12 touchdowns.
When the offense came off of the field, he stayed on.
One of the area’s premier defensive backs, the junior recorded 42 tackles and an eye-popping 10 interceptions from the safety spot.
30-plus offers later, Louis has pushed himself into position as one of the nation’s most coveted prospects.
“Everyone has been showing me so much love, from the coaches emailing me to me hitting them up,” he said. “I can not even say that a certain school is showing me more attention than the next, because everyone is really coming after me.
“I am trying to learn a little bit about each school right now, and sometime this summer I might trim it down to a top five,” he added. “There is no leader right now though, despite whatever a lot of people may think.”
Referencing being tabbed an early Florida-lean, Louis said that the recent NFL Draft opened his eyes to the Gator program.
“After seeing some of those guys fall out of the first and second round all because they never developed as a receiver due to the spread, I can’t have that,” he said. “I am not really with all that anymore. I thought I was, but I got to clear my head.”
After taking in a conversation with the LSU staff following a visit this past week, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete said that his mind is on Baton Rouge.
“Coach [D.J.] McCarthy came out and saw me practice this week, and I was able to hit him up later and feel him out,” he said. “He was a really cool guy. I told him I had watched a bunch of LSU games and I had liked what I had seen, and he told me I would like it more when I came to town.
“I am definitely going to get there on a visit this summer, because I need to check out the campus and meet the coaching staff to see if LSU is where it is at,” he added. “I am not worried about going out of state with the distance, so if it is a good fit then we will see where things go.”
What is the nation’s no. 18 ranked wide receiver prospect looking for when he takes to touring the college circuit?
“I want somewhere that I can get a good education and get the ball,” he laughed. “Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Florida, LSU and Georgia have all offered and shown me love, so things will get worked out later. I just need to see everything before I really decide about my top teams.”