Top-rated prospect gives verbal commitment to Herd
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Angelo Jean-Louis, once signed to Miami's football team, is ready to call Marshall his new collegiate home. Jean-Louis, who spent the past semester at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, verbally committed to Marshall on Monday.
"I feel the whole campus life and environment was great," he said of his visit this past weekend. "It's a big school, but the campus is not too big. Everything's convenient. The people around town were supportive and it's a great college environment to be in."
Jean-Louis plans on enrolling at Marshall after the Christmas break.
Rivals.com considered Jean-Louis the No. 8 athlete in America as a senior at Palm Beach (Fla.) Central High School in 2012. He signed with the Hurricanes out of high school, but academic issues sent him to Fork Union, where 247Sports.com considers him the top prep school prospect of the class of 2013. He wanted to re-sign with Miami, but said the school's admissions department flagged his test score.
Miami's process of investigating Jean-Louis' test scores would have taken too long, as he said he wanted to enroll at a school for the spring 2013 semester.
"That's what I wanted to do," he said. "So that's why I had to make my decision quick as to where I wanted to go. I did some research with my parents and took my visit."
Marshall also has a program that allows academic non-qualifiers to gain eligibility after sitting out a year.
While Jean-Louis played both receiver and defensive back in high school, most of the overtures from colleges are for him to play receiver. He's picked a pretty good school, considering Marshall led the Football Bowl Subdivision in passing in 2012 and just lost senior receivers Aaron Dobson and Antavious Wilson.
"That's one of the things that helped make the decision," Jean-Louis said. "They throw the ball so much. They want the ball in the receivers' hands as much as possible. I'm definitely wanting to go in there and play for a spot."