Recruiting Notes: The Latest on Louis

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The top remaining story as far as the 2010 class is concerned is whether or not Atlantic (Delray Beach, FL) wide receiver James Louis will make an official visit to Virginia Tech this weekend. TSL caught up with Atlantic head coach Andre Thaddies for the latest on this situation. Check out the latest on this and much more in this edition of “Notes.”

Will Louis make the visit?

There is no question that Virginia Tech would love to cap off the 2010 class the same way it did last year’s class, which ended with the Hokies scoring a late commitment from a top Atlantic prospect in cornerback Jayron Hosley. Coach Thaddies updated the latest on 6-0, 180-pound receiver James Louis, who committed to Ohio State last summer but made an official visit to Florida earlier this month and is considering an official visit to Virginia Tech this weekend.

“From talking to him [on Monday], he said, ‘Coach, I’m going to Ohio State,'” Thaddies said. “I don’t know if he will still take the visit to Virginia Tech or if they want him to. I do know Florida is not an option.”

Louis did not address the Virginia Tech situation with his coach on Monday. Tech assistant Charley Wiles stopped by Atlantic last week to recruit the big-time wideout.

“As of last Thursday, he was taking the visit,” Thaddies said. “I’m not sure if that has changed. I do know he said he is sticking with Ohio State.”

Determination separates Leal

Having spoken with 6-1, 185-pound Atlantic quarterback and Virginia Tech commitment Mark Leal on a number of occasions, what’s evident is that he is a laid-back character. Behind the calm demeanor, though, lies fierce determination according to Thaddies.

“None of our expectations of him are going to exceed his,” Thaddies said. “He is a goal oriented person on and off the field. For example, he is in our school’s ROTC program. Once he put his head to it, he became a Lieutenant Colonel. Determination drives this kid. It’s a soft-spoken determination. My nickname for him is Cool Hand Luke, but he is intense.

“Mark hasn’t told many people this, but he doesn’t want to go to Virginia Tech and be the next Marcus Vick or Michael Vick or Tyrod Taylor. He wants