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Stephen Louis Discovered Late, but Arriving Early in Raleigh

Every season, BCS programs inevitably search through the commitment lists of smaller schools to find sleepers. In the case of Stephen Louis, this was a welcome development as the Pack poached him from Western Michigan. Louis is a player with a very high upside, but is currently seen as a bit of a gamble by the recruiting services.

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Stephen Louis

Wide Receiver

6'2" 190 lbs

West Palm Beach, Florida

Ranked: Two star by Rivals, Two star by Scout, Two star #255 WR by 247sports

Main Competitors: Arkansas, Minnesota, Penn State, UCF, West Virginia, Western Michigan

Recruiting Process:

Stephen Louis (pronounced Stephon) really emerged on BCS radars about halfway through his senior season. Part of the reason that it took so long to generate big-time interest might be that he committed to Western Michigan over the summer. The Broncos had put together a really nice class that bigger schools eventually began to notice. In late September, Louis took a trip to UCF. Shortly after this, the word went around that the Wolfpack had been in contact with the wideout since spring. Louis soon scheduled an official visit to Raleigh and made the trip in early November for the rivalry game against UNC. Many thought he would commit (and it turns out he really wanted to) during the game, but he had agreed with his family to wait. After setting up visits to see Arkansas and Minnesota, Louis somewhat unexpectedly committed to Dave Doeren. Louis was in a hurry to pick a school so that he could enroll in January.

What to Expect:

Louis played several positions for Palm Beach Lakes High (receiver, quarterback, running back, defensive back), but will stick exclusively to wide receiver at State. He provides a bigger alternative to the other receivers in the class (Bo Hines, Maurice Trowell) and could emerge as a deep threat. He still has some work to do in catching with his hands extended instead of cradling the ball, but has long strides and is able to break away from defenders on deep balls. Louis is another player that Matt Canada may use for trick plays or even in the wildcat formation.

Even though he is rated as a two star across the board, I personally feel he is three star-worthy, and his offer list backs that up. Louis could see the field early, but he may be best served to learn from Jumichael Ramos and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, two similar players. I expect Louis to become a big play threat once he hits his junior and senior seasons.