LAFAYETTE — It wasn’t hard for Korey Louis to find his football role model. All he had to do was look across the kitchen table in the direction of older brother Lamar.
“Before games, after I listened to Miley Cyrus, I’d look at my brother’s highlight tape,” Korey said Wednesday just after casting his football lot with Louisiana-Lafayette. “I just watched what he did, and I started tackling just like him.”
There were worse examples to follow. Lamar Louis was noted for his athleticism and explosiveness while a standout at Breaux Bridge High, and he took those traits to a four-year career at LSU that ended last fall. Now the 6-foot-2, 195-pound younger brother will get his chance with the Ragin’ Cajuns.
“We’ve been fortunate that we’ve had our share of good athletes and defensive players here,” BBHS coach Paul Broussard said. “Korey fits in right along with them. He’s very athletic, he runs well and he’s long and lanky so I know he can put on a lot of weight once he gets to college and gets on a good weight program. I think he has a lot of upside.”
Apparently, so do the Cajuns’ defensive coaches, who quickly made Louis a believer in their family and team approach. Outside linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison, who could wind up as his position coach, was a constant presence with Louis throughout the season.
“It was the way they treated me like family,” Louis said. “They treated me like their own. I wanted to go there because of that family, not just because of the sports. (Harbison) was on the phone with me a lot; we formed a good relationship.”
Louis was a member of The Advocate’s All-Acadiana team after leading the Tigers to the Class 4A nonselect playoffs. He is No. 87 nationally on 247Sports.com’s outside linebacker list and had offers from Louisiana Tech, Nicholls State, Southern and Grambling in-state, and Utah State among others out of state.
He finished with three fumble recoveries, five sacks and two blocked kicks, even though many offenses made a point to avoid him.
“We used him in a lot of different capacities,” Broussard said. “We walked him out to cover receivers a lot. The way offenses are now, he was out of the box a lot of times. We tried to scheme and keep him in there so he could make plays for us, but he’s athletic enough to go out and do that. That showed his versatility a lot.”
Louis got football sideline experience — and Breaux Bridge High indoctrination — from an early age. He was a ball boy for the Tigers throughout his brother’s prep career from 2008-11, and he reveled in watching his brother along with fellow LSU standout Travin Dural and just-graduated Cajuns linebacker Tyren Alexander.
“I always wanted to be like them,” Louis said. “I watched Lamar, always hoping he’d get a tackle, Travin catching those big passes and Tyren just being aggressive on the defensive line. I kind of fit in behind all of those guys.”
Louis is projected as an outside linebacker but said Cajuns coaches also talked to him about playing the nickel role. Broussard, for one, thinks he can help in several spots.
“I think he has the ability in a couple of years, when he puts on more weight, that he can play inside if they need him,” he said. “When it’s all said and done, he’s going to be a very, very good defensive player.”