Visalia, Calif. — BYU coaches received a commit from Claudell Louis on Thursday evening. Louis is a 6-foot-6, 270 athlete who plays defensive end for the College of the Sequoias, but will play at offensive tackle while at BYU.
Louis fell in love with BYU while on a visit there this past June.
“I loved the feel of the place and all the people I met at BYU,” said Louis. “I immediately felt welcomed there and knew it was where I need to go to school and where I should play football.”
Louis was recruited primarily by coaches Ben Cahoon and Steve Kaufusi. While on his visit he built a special connection with BYU linebacker Uona Kaveinga.
“I probably got to know Uona (Kaveinga) better than anyone and we really hit it off,” said Louis. “I got a lot well with all the players there and they really let me feel like I fit right in with them. It’s probably the biggest reason why I wanted to go to BYU.”
Louis was born in Haiti and moved to West Palm Beach, Fla. back in 2001. He was interested in playing soccer, and didn’t know much about football initially.
“I love soccer, but it got to the point where I was just too big to play the sport and I was a much better fit for football,” said Louis. “I started playing football my freshman year in high school and it just came naturally to me. I still have a lot to learn and I can’t wait to get to BYU and learn more about how to play offensive line.”
Louis will have three years to play two while at BYU and hopes to enroll this coming January. He stated that it’s about “50/50” if he’ll be able to graduate this coming December.
Louis is not LDS, but feels very comfortable with BYU’s honor code.
“I don’t drink and I live the way you’re supposed to at BYU already, so it won’t be a problem at all to obey the honor code,” said Louis. “I really feel that BYU is everything I need in a school.”
Louis was receiving interest from schools such as Washington State, Fresno State and Texas Tech, but was completely convinced after his June visit that BYU was the only place for him.
“It’s just the way I feel about BYU whenever I’m there and whenever I talk to coaches and with players from there,” said Louis. “I fell in love with the place and I was just hoping that the coaches would offer me after I visited there. When they did I didn’t have to think at all — I just committed and I’m very excited about it.”