From the beginning, it came down to three for Albert Louis-Jean.
As to which school he ended up with, it was a win-win from the get-go.
The 6-foot-1, 175 pound Brockton cornerback, Massachusetts’ No. 1 rated football recruit, always had Boston College, Miami and Penn State in mind. Louis-Jean eventually committed to Miami, but when Hurricanes head coach Randy Shannon was fired in November after finishing a 7-5 campaign, he withdrew his verbal commitment.
Then, it was two, with Louis-Jean considering BC and Penn State. But the decision he made Monday to go with the Eagles was an easy one really.
“I’m right at home,” Louis-Jean said in a telephone interview Tuesday morning.
In addition, the nation’s ninth-ranked cornerback is going to get an early start on his college career, as he will enroll at BC in January.
“It’s going to be a lot of getting used to college life, getting used to working out at specific times and just getting used to the schedule,” Louis-Jean said. “A big part of college is learning how to use your time right.”
Louis-Jean said the Eagles intend to play him at cornerback and contribute on special teams units with a share in kick and punt return duties.
“I’ve known this coaching staff going back to sophomore year,” said Louis-Jean, who cited his experience with Eagles offensive line coach Sean Devine. “They kept telling me how much they wanted me and how much they wanted me to play there.”
Both Louis-Jean’s father, Albert Sr., and his high school coach were thrilled by the news and the possibility of watching him in their backyard.
“It’s great that he will be close to home and have the chance to be part of a great football and academic family,” Albert Sr. said. “BC was always in the picture, as I always told him, if you thinking about the NFL, you shouldn’t. If you’re good enough, you’re good enough, but the academics are what are really going to shape your life.”
A sentiment Boxers head coach Peter Colombo reflected.
“I don’t think he could’ve made a better decision. Looking at life beyond football, that BC network is invaluable. And that’s coming from a Holy Cross guy. But seriously, they graduate their kids and you have the national exposure of the ACC, the chance to play at a high level. With Coach Spaz, you know he’s going to be around longterm and you know that he’s a great coach.
“I’m very happy for Albert.”