January 17, 2012

Auburn commit to visit



In the recruiting game, a price cannot be placed on peace of mind.

Many recruits are comfortable with their decisions from day one, while others don't make a decision until they are absolutely sure.

Still others, like Miami Beach (Fla.) wide receiver and Auburn commit Ricardo Louis, experience change during their recruitment and have a need to look around and make sure they have made the right decision.

Louis visited Florida State last weekend, and is set to visit Georgia on Friday before he makes any final decisions on where he plays his college ball.

"Georgia has been recruiting me since last spring, and they have always been there, just like Florida State," said Louis. "I just wanted to give them a chance and see what they have to offer. Right now I am still keeping my options open."

Louis, who scored 17 total touchdowns and starred at safety for Miami Beach in 2011, believes that taking additional visits is the best thing he could do at this point.

"I think it was really great for me to take that visit to Florida State," he said. "They have been there since the beginning and even before Auburn. Even when I wasn't in contact with them, they were in contact with my counselor and checking to see how I'm doing in school. That's really important that they really cared. It is a great program. I really like the coaching staff, the atmosphere and the program."

According to the South Florida star, he is quite excited to see what UGA has to offer this weekend.

"They came to see me in late spring, and they showed me a lot of good things," said Louis. "I'm excited to get up there and see how they run everything. I want to see how they do things when a commit comes in. I want to know if I'm going to be able to play and produce in the offense. I want to know if I'm going to learn how to do NFL stuff and how to play at the NFL level."

One of the reasons that Louis has decided to look around is due to the fact that Auburn has yet to hire and offensive coordinator, and the four-star prospect is interested to see what system the Tigers will employ.

"The system is a big factor," said Louis. "The situation with Auburn is that when they fired their offensive coordinator, I have no idea who they are going to bring in and whether is a pro style or spread or whatever. Georgia and Florida State run a pro style so I can learn pretty much everything I need to know for the NFL there."

When it comes to making decision, Louis plans to join many others and wait until signing day before he wraps up his recruitment.

"I'm going to decide on signing day," he said. "Being verbally committed is not like an official thing. So I'm going to wait until Signing Day, take all my visits, and sign those papers.

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