The drama surrounding Delray Beach, Atlantic wide receiver James Louis brings to mind a couple things. First, it says that if Florida’s coaches didn’t want to accept his commitment right now, they have tremendous options at wide receiver that they feel confident enough to wait. It also says that the staff is one slip up away from losing out on a solid prospect at receiver (or two).
Louis, who caught 58 passes for 1,101 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, is a part of the Rivals.com, Rivals250 club and is rated as the 31st-best receiver in the country. It’ not elite, but watching Louis on video is a completely different story. He’s got great quickness and tremendous hands. He’s no Percy Harvin or Andre Debose, but he’s got exceptional moves in the open field. And he wanted to be a Gator (and probably still does), but it wasn’t the right time.
Numerous attempts have been made by the Scout Leader to contact Louis since his commitment/non-commitment, but he’s fallen silent. Also, since coaches aren’t allowed to comment on recruits, getting a hold of Urban Meyer is a no go. All that is known is that Louis attempted to commit to Florida last week, but Florida wasn’t ready. While Louis might be an exceptional athlete, the problem could be that another (more favored) prospect could be the reason for all this. The rumor mill has erupted in the last couple weeks revolving around a potential commitment from Pahokee’s Chris Dunkley at Friday Night Lights later this week. Dunkley, whom Rivals lists as the No. 9 receiver in the country, is arguably the top receiver prospect on Florida’s board and has said for a while that the Gators are at the top of his list. However, he’s as quiet as a mouse when in comes to recruiting. He might not say a lot about recruiting, but people in the recruiting world feel good about him pledging to the Gators’ soon.
But what if he doesn’t? And what if Louis gets upset about being overlooked for another prospect? Florida could potentially lose out on two prospects at a position that will need some depth as soon as the bowl game is over. But hey, Florida could end up signing both when all is said and done. Plus, the Gators already have Stephen Alli and Solomon Patton locked up. It looks like the Gators might take three more receivers and from the numerous wideouts interested in Florida, even IF Florida misses out on either Dunkley or Louis, it wouldn’t stop the Gators from getting a solid receiving class.
Here are some names to keep an eye on in the coming months:
Markeith Ambles, McDonough, Ga., Henry County — He’s definitely got the ability to be a star at the next level, but issues have arisen concerning some off-the-field issues and his attitude. USC pulled its offer and a few schools have stopped recruiting him all together. But Meyer, despite the recent inquires into the numerous player arrests since he took over at Florida, is someone who has been able to help those with disciplinary problems in the past. Rivals.com rates him as the seventh-best receiver.
Ivan McCartney, Miramar — He might be Rivals’ No. 8 receiver, but McCartney has been very quiet about recruiting. Back in June, he said he hadn’t narrowed down his list. We’re almost to August and nothing has changed. Current Florida commit Demar Dorsey said recently that he’s been talking to McCartney about playing together at Florida.
Kadron Boone, Ocala, Trinity Catholic — Florida has been his public leader the longest, but nothing has happened. He was awesome on the field as a junior and was one of the best looking prospects at Florida’s camp.
Quinton Dunbar, Miami, Booker T. Washington — Florida is his leader at the moment. He’s planning to be at FNL with best friend and teammate Lynden Trail (a Gator lean) and he loves the atmosphere and the history that surrounds Florida. While he’s not looking to commit right now, he wouldn’t be totally against getting it over with if the right situation arose. “As of now, (he’s planning to commit on) Signing Day,” he said. “But if I feel like the school is right for me, I will have no problem committing.”
O.J. Ross, Daytona Beach, Mainland — No, he doesn’t have an offer. Yes, he’s been mentioned time and time again on here, but he’s too good of an athlete not to be getting attention from Florida. Meyer talked to him a bunch at camp, and Ross has said that Florida is his No.1 and is the only in-state school he is considering.