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Eagles land Brockton’s Louis-Jean

A. LOUIS-JEAN Top CB prospect A. LOUIS-JEAN
Top CB prospect
By Seth Lakso
Globe Correspondent / December 29, 2010

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Brockton defensive back/receiver Albert Louis-Jean has verbally committed to Boston College, answering the nearly monthlong question of where the state’s top senior football recruit would land.

Louis-Jean withdrew his verbal commitment to Miami shortly after coach Randy Shannon was fired in late November, citing his personal relationship with Shannon as one reason.

“It came down to the fact that there wasn’t enough time to get to know the new guys in Miami,’’ said Louis-Jean. “So it was either Penn State or BC.

“BC being close to home and the relationship I’ve built with the coaches for the past two years pushed it over the edge for me.’’

ESPN’s Scouts Inc. ranks Louis-Jean, a 6-foot-1-inch, 175-pounder, as the No. 9 cornerback in the nation.

Scouts Inc.’s Billy Tucker said Louis-Jean “has a lot of physical tools to develop in Chestnut Hill and should be one of the more athletic defensive backs on the Eagles depth chart as soon as he arrives on campus. He should excel in BC’s zone schemes with his good closing burst and physicality.’’

Louis-Jean, who finished high school early and will enroll at BC in January, led the Boxers with 60 tackles and five interceptions last season. He also finished with 600 yards receiving and five touchdowns.

“I’m thrilled for BC and for our area,’’ said Brockton coach Peter Colombo. “I think Albert can really help them.

“This is a clear sign that football in our area is getting better. I think it says a lot that he was recruited nationally. It starts with the school programs and goes right up to the Patriots and all the work the Krafts have done for football in the area.’’

Globe correspondent Mike Carraggi contributed to this report.