Lassiter LB Louis commits to Austin Peay
by Adam Carrington
October 08, 2013 12:18 AM | 1675 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During Lassiter’s spring practice last year, linebacker Benedict Louis got an unexpected visit from former Lassiter linebacker Rip Rowan.

Rowan, now a senior at Austin Peay State University, met with Louis and was quite persuasive about Louis possibly playing football for the Governors next season.

Pretty soon, the Austin Peay coaching staff was echoing Rowan’s sentiments, making Louis’ choice of where to play college football next year not so difficult.

Louis, now a senior with the Trojans, recently committed to Austin Peay, choosing the Governors over Mercer, Jacksonville State, Presbyterian, Georgia State and Tennessee Tech.

“(Rowan) came to Lassiter last spring and told me (Austin Peay) was interested,” the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Louis said. “That night they called and then the next night they offered.

“I didn’t come to their campus until mid-summer. I thought it was great. I didn’t see a lot of the (football) facility because they were upgrading it for 2013, but it’s nice to know that I will be going to brand new facilities.”

Louis has been in the Lassiter program ever since coach Jep Irwin took over the program in 2010. He played sparingly his sophomore season before securing the starting position at outside linebacker his junior campaign. Now he’s been promoted to team captain.

And Louis is expecting to continue his career at linebacker once he arrives in Clarksville, Tenn.

In regards of strength, Irwin describes him as a physical player at the point of attack and has excelled at slowing down the run.

“He’s also a solid blocker who sometimes plays tight end during short yardage situations.

Going into Lassiter’s 28-21 win over Walton on Friday night, Louis leads Lassiter in tackles with 36. Against the Raiders, he helped the Trojans hold Walton to just 65 rushing yards.

“He always works hard in the weight room and is well liked and respected by his teammates,” Irwin said. “He came in as a freshman when I came in. He has a great personality. Austin Peay is getting a really good one.”

Louis is expected to come into a rebuilding situation next fall. Austin Peay, which is having issues offensively, is already off to an 0-5 start this season, losing by an average of 37 points.

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