Brockton, Mass. defensive back Albert Louis-Jean always dreamed of playing for one program growing up. So when the Miami Hurricanes became his second offer, he knew then and there he would become a part of a great tradition. After seeing Miami's campus for the first time on Wednesday, Louis-Jean decided to pull the trigger and commit.
"Back in 2000 I remember having NCAA Football on Play Station and I would always pick Miami and create myself in the game," said the 6-foot-1, 172-pounder. "Then my dad got me a Miami jersey and from that point, when I was around 7 or 8 years old, I always dreamed of playing for Miami. Now I can make that dream come true."
Louis-Jean, who chose the Hurricanes over offers from Boston College, Penn State, Notre Dame, Rutgers, UConn and others, committed to Randy Shannon and the rest of his staff in person.
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"Being down here at practice and seeing everything, it is great," he said. "Coach Shannon, coach McGriff and everyone else, they were very excited."
Louis-Jean visited Miami last season when they hosted Clemson and loved the atmosphere.
"It was really cool being around the team and the game but at that point I didn't have an offer," he said. "I got my offer around Christmas so it was like a present. I wanted to make sure and see a few other places before making my decision, but I kind of knew then. I grew up when Miami was the power team in college football and I want to help get them back there. I was a big fan or guys like Willis McGahee, Frank Gore, Sean Taylor, Andre Johnson and guys like that. Now I can wear that uniform."
An early decision came because the process began to heat up for Louis-Jean who was getting new offers each week.
"It was getting kind of hectic so my dad and I talked about it and decided it was time," he said. "I wanted to do it in person and see the campus first, but it's everything I expected it to be. It just feels right."
Louis-Jean will play cornerback at Miami but he can also play safety or wide receiver in college.