For Miami Beach (Fla.) athlete Ricardo Louis, his junior year was a test on the field. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder had to battle nagging injuries throughout the year but helped lead his team to a 6-4 season.
"It has been a tough year," Louis said. "I have been battling a lot of injuries this season. But other than the injuries, I have done pretty good. Right now I have been playing quarterback a lot."
While his production on the field has been hindered by injuries, Louis is still fielding a great deal of interest for his athletic ability.
"A couple of schools like Miami, North Carolina, East Carolina, Oregon, Florida, Alabama, LSU, and a few others have been mailing me a lot," Louis said. "Miami, Florida, FIU, and East Carolina have recently offered me."
During the season, he has hit the road on two occasions to check out in-state schools.
"I went to the Florida versus Kentucky game and Miami against Maryland," Louis said. "At Florida, the atmosphere was crazy, the fans when the game is going on, the intensity. At Miami, it was the same thing, the atmosphere."
One of those in-state schools is amongst his three early favorites.
"The main schools I have on my mind right now is UM, ECU, and Oregon," Louis said. "With East Carolina, I really like the offense that they run. They run a spread and throw the ball around a lot. UM, it would give me a chance to play close to home and they are a good team. Oregon is just good all-around."
While he lines up under center in high school, Louis expects to play elsewhere at the collegiate level.
"I see myself playing either receiver or safety," Louis said. "I like playing offense more. I would have the ball in my hands than anything."
After the season, Louis plans to take trips to Florida and East Carolina.