West Virginia football has landed a commitment from 2023 three-star running back Jordan Louie (6-foot, 210-pounds), who broke his commitment to Schuyler Callihan of Mountaineer’s Now. Louie was offered by the school back in May and spoke to West Virginia Sports Now at the time.
“I really like the program,” said Louie at the time of his offer to West Virginia Sports Now. “It’s a good school. It’s a really good school.
“The fans and the environment, it’s very loud and energetic. It’s a place, that I like. It gets me pumped. I actually feel like I can fit in with people. It’s cool. I can feel like I’m at home and I’ve known these people before.”
Louie comes from Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Georgia. He received 20 division-I offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Army, Boston College, Coastal Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Purdue, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, UCF, Western Kentucky, West Virginia and Wofford.
He took his official visit to West Virginia this past weekend and is set to take his official visit to Arkansas on June 24. Those are the only two schools he scheduled official visits for.
He told Mountaineers Now that sophomore running back Justin Johnson Jr. was his host while on his official visit.
“We had a lot of fun. We bowled,” said Louie. “Went out to eat, toured around campus, spent time at Coach Brown’s house, and spent time with a lot of the other players.”
Louie isn’t rated on either 247Sports or On3, but Rivals has him listed as a three-star recruit. As of this writing, Rivals is also the only major recruiting outlet to update West Virginia’s class which is now ranked No. 17 on the service.
Louie is the 10th recruit for West Virginia in their class of 2023 which includes consensus four-star wide receiver Rodney Gallagher and 247Sports three-stars offensive lineman Cole Young, defensive lineman Eamon Smalls, defensive back Josiah Jackson, linebacker James Heard Jr., linebacker Josiah Trotter, running back Jaheim White and defensive lineman Cameron Jackson. Trotter and Heard are listed as four stars on Rivals.
He is the third recruit to commit to the program following the official visit weekend of July 10. Both Young and Smalls have committed to the program since their official visits this past weekend.
As stated, West Virginia’s class is now ranked No. 17 on Rivals, the only service to have updated their class to include Louie. A big reason for the current high ranking is due to the quantity of recruits.
As of this writing, only 15 programs have more recruits committed at this stage, with nine of them being ranked higher than West Virginia. Of the 22 programs that have at least 10 commits, only three (Army, Western Michigan, SMU) find themselves outside of the top 26 recruiting classes according to Rivals’ rankings. Common college football recruiting powerhouses such as Alabama, LSU, Michigan and Texas are rated lower for having less total recruits and despite having more four and five star recruits.
Still though, the high ranking shows the depth of the class that West Virginia is bringing in. Of the 10 players West Virginia has committed, each has at least a three-star rating to at least one of the three major recruiting services. Three (Gallagher, Heard, Trotter) have a four-star on a service.
While the lack of consensus four and five stars in comparison to some of the nation’s premier programs will likely push West Virginia out of the top 25 prior to signing day, the amount of high-floor guys being brought in by Brown should be viewed as nothing but a positive for the future of the program.