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April 18, 2013
The Bulldogs were able to sign a player in defensive end Claudell Louis from Visalia (Calif.) College of the Sequoias who has a huge upside. Not many players stand 6-foot-6, weigh 270-pounds and run the 40 sub 4.8.
The Fresno State coaching staff will have the task of seeing to it that Louis reaches that potential. Louis played his high school football at Boynton Beach (Fla.), yet traveled clear across the country to play at the next level.
"It is a long story," Louis said about how he arrived on the West Coast. "At first I was supposed to go to Kansas, but that didn't work out.
"I was training with one of the guys who used to play at Sequoia and he ended up at UNLV. He told Sequoia head coach, Robert Dougherty, that he was training with me. He said that he was training with a big guy who works hard and has all the football tangibles.
"I went to work out in front of a friend of the coach that use to play with him at Sequoia and that's everything worked out."
Sequoia liked what they saw and despite only playing in four games as a sophomore, Fresno State liked him enough to offer him a scholarship.
Louis explains why he chose Fresno State.
"Honestly, it was the coaching staff," Louis said. "When they flew me in for the visit they made me feel very welcome, especially Coach Germano [defensive line coach Pete Germano]. He took a lot of trips to talk to me. He made me feel wanted and that he wanted me to feel like I'm his guy.
"Coach Germano showed me support and he was listening to my side of the story and I was getting his side of the story.
"With me being away from home and making a decision for my next school, coaches like that mean more to you. The whole coaching staff is good at Fresno State."
Louis made his way to Fresno a few weeks back to attend the Bulldog spring game.
"The spring game was pretty good," Louis said. "I was able to see my future teammates. I was able to see how they run practice and how they go about things.
"It was pretty interesting to see how they do everything. It was run really well and organized. It is a fun defense to play in."
Louis is working hard to get ready. He wants to step up, and start this fall for the Bulldogs.
"That's the plan," Louis said about being ready to step in and start next fall. "I work out Monday through Friday and sometimes Saturday, too. I do conditioning and a lot of track work. I'm getting myself in shape because I'm not a freshman coming in, I'm a junior.
"They want me to come in and compete right away. I feel like I have to keep myself in top shape and like I said, me being a junior, I feel like I need to be an example to the younger guys as well. I feel like I need to lead by example."
In Louis, Fresno State gets a lot of things you can't coach, such as size and speed. He is also high character guy, who is very coachable and a very hard worker. He has a current bench of 385 pounds, and he squats 415 pounds.
Louis will have three years to play two and will show up on the Fresno State campus in June.
Stay tuned to FSBulldogs.com for more updates on the incoming recruiting class of 2013. You can follow us on Twitter at @FresnoDogs.
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