Posted: 3:52 pm Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Florida wanted Atlantic wide receiver James Louis to wait. So he did.
And then he decided to play for Ohio State.
Two weeks ago, Atlantic coach Andre Thaddies told the Post that Louis committed to the Florida Gators. Louis said Wednesday he tried to commit, but the Gators’ coaching staff told him to wait until the Friday Night Lights event. During that time, Louis said, Florida did not respond to his attempts to contact coaches, so he chose to skip Friday Night Lights and commit to Ohio State.
“I’d been trying to contact them for two weeks straight and they haven’t been picking up my phone calls or answering my emails,” Louis said. “I don’t have time for that.
“I was very frustrated. They weren’t letting me know anything. I can’t read their minds.”
Louis (6-0, 185) runs the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds and is ranked No. 6 on the Big Board and second among area wide receivers. Last season he was second in the area with 846 receiving yards, caught 43 passes and scored eight touchdowns to make the all-area team. He is also committed to play in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game.
When Louis decided to commit to Florida — again, he contends the commitment never actually happened, due to the Gators’ hesitance — Ohio State was his second choice.
“That’s been a team from Day 1 that I liked and I think I fit great in their system,” he said.
Louis also tried to put to rest any speculation that his commitment to Ohio State is soft, calling it “a final decision,” but he did not rule out the possibility of Florida wooing him back.
“I can’t say no and I can’t say yes,” Louis said. “Anything’s possible.”
That pretty much sums up how meaningful an early commitment is.
All commitments are non-binding until players sign letters of intent in February. Last season, Glades Central wide receiver Rantavious Wooten changed his commitment from LSU to Georgia, Raiders offensive lineman Henry Orelus went from LSU to Florida State and Pahokee’s Nu’Keese Richardson famously switched from Florida to Tennessee.