Tarpon Springs, Fla., quarterback Louis Pappas was not among the most well-known players entering last weekend's Badger Sports Elite 7 on 7 at the University of South Florida. But during the two-day event, he became one of the biggest surprises while helping lead Team Tampa to the semifinals.
In fact, Pappas even caught his teammates a bit off guard.
"He really stepped up," Tampa Jefferson receiver Adrian Jenkins said.
Thus far, Pappas' recruitment has been kind of slow, but he hopes the performance in Tampa helps change that. One of two signal callers on his squad, the 6-foot, 195-pounder, who is listed as a dual-threat quarterback, displayed better-than-average arm strength, threw the deep ball well and at times was incredibly accurate.
"Playing with guys like [Rivals250 running back] Matt Jones, I've just got to get the ball to them," Pappas said. "Those are the guys that make me look good."
Although he has no offers, Pappas, whose father and grandfather played at Florida, said he is hearing from schools such as Florida Atlantic, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Virginia. He will visit FAU this spring during the program's junior day.
"Hopefully, [offers] are coming," Pappas said. "Spring practice is going to be an important month, month and a half. Kansas State talked to me. They said they're going to try to get down here and see me. I camped at Notre Dame last summer. I sent them film and they told me to come back this summer."
To help improve his play, and his stock, Pappas is being coached on the side by former Maryland quarterback John Kaleo.
"He's really trying to get my name out there," Pappas said.