- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 1, 2010

BROCKTON, MASS. (AP) - His coach remembers when Albert Louis-Jean took the second half kickoff back for a touchdown in the 2009 season opener against a tough opponent.

“It was a close game against Boston College High,” Brockton High School coach Peter Colombo said. “Then he took it to the house and we were in control from that point on. So right off the bat, in that first game, his impact was felt.”

It’s been felt for the last two seasons, so strongly that Louis-Jean was pursued by many top football schools and has verbally committed to Miami _ the Hurricanes are No. 13 in the Top 25 preseason poll.

At 6-feet-2 and 180 pounds, he has the size many teams look for in a cornerback and talent that landed him on The Associated Press East Region 25 list of top recruits.

“As receivers get bigger and bigger, coaches are trying to counter with more physical cornerbacks,” Colombo said. “He’s that answer to the Randy Moss’s of the world.”

At Brockton, Louis-Jean rarely leaves the field. Besides excelling on defense, he was the Boxers’ leading receiver last year and plays on special teams.

“He’s the whole package _ size, speed and the great GPA that allows him to take advantage of that athleticism,” Colombo said. “I don’t even think he was 15 when he started the first game for as at cornerback, and we play the best teams in this area.”

Teams from as far west as Stanford made offers to Louis-Jean. But he had watched college football on television with his father and became a Miami fan.

That made his college choice easier.

“It wasn’t that tough. I knew where I wanted to go before this all started,” he said. “I used to watch those great players that came out of there _ Sean Taylor, Willis McGahee.”

Historically, Brockton has had some of the best teams in Massachusetts. Yet the state rarely produces star collegians.

Louis-Jean could become one of them with the Hurricanes.

“They have six defensive backs leaving when I’m coming in,” he said. “I’m very excited. It’s a big-time opportunity.”

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