HAMMOND, La. - Anyone that knows anything about recruiting in Louisiana knows that Reserve (La.) East St. John is a prospect factory. Rivals.com drove out to Hammond on Thursday night to watch the Wildcats scrimmage Hammond and perhaps the most impressive wide receiver is not who you think.
Ricky Dixon gets all the pub and all the scholarship offers, but wide receiver Louis Lee may be the cog that makes the Wildcat machine go. He was virtually uncoverable in the scrimmage and never missed a pass.
"I think my speed and hands are my strengths," Lee said. "A lot of people underestimate me because of my size, but when I line up to play, I do what I have to do and they realize that I'm tough to cover. We have a lot of good wide receivers on this team, which usually leaves one of us open."
The 5-foot-9.5, 165-pound Lee attended the NIKE camp in Athens where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.67 seconds, posted a 4.27 second shuttle and had a 29-inch vertical jump. Last year he caught passes from five star quarterback and LSU signee Ryan Perrilloux.
"Playing with Ryan was a real good experience for me," Lee said. "I never had to worry about the ball not being there or about the quarterback messing up. He always made the play, he always got the ball to you and in a perfect position to catch it."
As a junior Lee caught 60 passes for 1,156 yards and eight touchdowns in helping lead his team to the third round of the playoffs.
"My offers are still Louisiana Lafayette and Illinois," Lee said. "Alabama, West Virginia and Tulane are all recruiting me real hard too though. My top schools would be Alabama, West Virginia and Southern Miss. That could all change at any moment though.
I really like Illinois a lot too. I was real excited when they offered, I think they are a program on the rise. I didn't know much about them, but since they offered I have been studying up on them and learning more about them."