December 27, 2010
Brockton, Mass. cornerback Albert Louis-Jean was supposed to make his decision on Jan. 5 and choose between Boston College, Penn State and Miami. However, as with many things in recruiting, things don't always go as planned. The 6-foot-1, 172-pounder who had been committed to the Hurricanes prior to the firing of Randy Shannon, has made his decision a little early.
"Albert committed to Boston College tonight," said Louis-Jean's father, Albert Louis-Jean Sr.. "He talked to coach Devine tonight and he'll talk to coach Spaziani tomorrow. He was recruited by coach Devine and coach Siravo and in the end it came down to BC and Penn State and the thought process was...why drive eight hours to get what you can get at home?"
The news is huge for the Eagles who have been searching for an impact cornerback and Louis-Jean fills a huge need at a position that is thin. However, it didn't come down to football.
"We've just known those guys for two years and we feel comfortable with them," said Louis-Jean Sr. "The Miami situation was the perfect one for us if Randy Shannon was there, but after he was let go it came down to comfort and what you know. I told Albert to forget about the NFL because a program isn't going to get you there and only one-percent of players make it there. I told him to think about his future outside of football and where he felt he would be comfortable and it was right here at home."
Louis-Jean is ranked as the No. 12 cornerback in the country and is No. 149 overall. He becomes the fourth player in the Rivals250 to choose the Eagles. At The Heights, he will start off at corner but his father knows he could end up anywhere.
"He could play a little offense or some special teams if he's ready for all of that, but he'll be used where he is needed the most," he said. "That's how it is with every program we looked at and we know that. There's coach-speak and there's reality, but BC has been honest and up front and sincere. We're happy to have the decision behind us."
Next up for Louis-Jean is enrollment on Jan. 15 and classes on Jan. 18.
"He's already accepted and ready to go," said his father. "He'll be there and is excited. Penn State is a great program and Miami will probably do really well under Al Golden. But BC is I think undervalued a bit because they don't get the media attention of those others. They win a lot of games in the ACC and they have good coaches and hard workers. People undersell them a bit."
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