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ESPN 150 ATH Louis makes the switch to FSU

1/20/2012

Although it seems like Florida State's courtship of Miami Beach (Miami, Fla.) athlete Ricardo Louis came about in recent weeks the Seminoles coaching staff had been working on the 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior for months.

FSU assistant Dameyune Craig stayed in constant contact with the No. 21-ranked prospect in the nation for over a year.

"Coach Craig was always checking up on me even when I was committed to Auburn," Louis said. "I was going to check out FSU after the season out of respect for him."

With the departure of Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State fresh in his mind a visit out of respect turned into much more.

"I was always interested in FSU and I felt so comfortable with everything when I was there," Louis said. "I felt like it was the right place for me.

"Offensively they are always working to spread the ball around on offense and get the receivers in space to make big plays."

Louis becomes the Seminoles' 16th commitment overall and its tenth ESPNU 150 prospect. Louis is the seventh member of the 2012 Under Armour All-America game to verbal to the Seminoles.

This could be the start of another strong close for FSU -- something the program has been known for over the last 20 year when legendary head coach Bobby Bowden was known in recruiting circles as the best closer in the business.

"I know this program is heading towards a championship level," Louis said. "That's going to be my main goal at FSU -- win a national championship."

Louis played quarterback and wide receiver at Miami Beach. He accounted for nearly 20 touchdowns this season. He was also being recruited to play safety and had offers from Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and others.