LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football team added three verbal commitments for its 2016 recruiting class, bringing its total number of public commitments to 13.
Breaux Bridge linebacker Korey Louis, Thibodaux safety Blair Brooks and Gentry (Mississippi) lineman Phabion Woodard all pledged to play for the Cajuns after making recent visits to the campus.
When Louis looked at the Cajuns, he saw familiarity. He committed Thursday morning.
“I chose UL because of the home angle,” Louis said. “Every weekend, home-cooked meals. I just sat back and thought about it, and they were the only (team) that was there with me since I was a sophomore. They were the first to recruit me.”
His older brother, LSU linebacker Lamar Louis, tweeted a picture of Korey wearing a Cajuns No. 23 uniform standing next to co-defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison with the accompanying text, “Congrats to my little bro for Committing to UL this morning.”
“That relationship there — they took me in like I was their son,” Louis said about the Cajuns coaches. “They’re great coaches. They know what they’re talking about.”
Louis also held offers from Nicholls State and Utah State and had received interest from Mississippi State and LSU.
He isn’t far along in the recruitment process yet to know if he was going to take any further visits. Until then, he said he’s focused on winning a state championship for Breaux Bridge coach Paul Broussard.
Brooks was all over the field for Thibodaux last season, racking up more than 100 tackles and two interceptions as a junior.
He already possesses a solid frame, at 6-foot-2, and he plans to add several pounds of muscle according to a report by the Houma Courier.
Brooks becomes the second safety to commit to the Cajuns this summer, joining Coldspring-Oakhurst (Texas) safety Edward Hayes.
The 6-foot-4 Woodard plays both offensive and defensive line at Gentry, but he is being recruited to play along the defensive line with the Cajuns.
In a tweet to former Cajuns defensive lineman Christian Ringo, who set a school single-season sack record last year, Woodard said, “I’m coming for that sack record my guy.”
Recruiting coordinator Reed Stringer said earlier this month that the defensive line would be a point of emphasis for the Cajuns in the 2016 recruiting class, after Mario Osborne was the only defensive lineman they signed in 2015.
Woodard is the third commitment slated for the defensive line, joining East Feliciana’s Tra’Vontae Booker and Ponchatoula’s Jahaziel Lee. The Cajuns also have a commitment from Brett Granger of Helena (Alabama), who is considered to be a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker.
Acadiana High School linebacker Kevin Moore, rated as a consensus three-star prospect, visited the Cajuns campus yesterday.
Moore has scholarship offers from some big-name schools, including Arizona State, California, Oklahoma State and Texas State.