Neville defensive end Donald Louis emerged from the heap as The News Star’s latest Cooper Buick GMC High School Hero for the quarterfinal week of the LHSAA playoffs.
The senior was a one-man wrecking machine in No. 2 Neville’s 34-7 win over No. 10 Edna Karr with 14 total tackles, five sacks and a pass-breakup. The Rivals.com three-star recruit has college offers from Air Force, Southern Miss, ULM, South Alabama and McNeese State.
In addition to Louis’ role on the Tiger football team, he also serves as the Student Body President of Neville High School.
TNS: You and your defensive line teammates are regarded as one of the best units in the state, what’s one thing people may not know about you guys?
DL: Off the field we’re like brothers. Myself, Nick Stroud, Zack Walker, Courtney Wallace and Rashard Lawrence have all been playing together since elementary school. On the field chemistry-wise we know what each other is going to do. One of us will give a little wink and you just know.
TNS: What’s your pregame routine like?
DL: Zack (Walker) and I usually talk before the game. He helps me stay loose because he’s funny. And I’ll listen to some music.
TNS: What kind of music?
DL: I like to listen to slow stuff like Drake or John Legend. It keeps me calm before the game, then I can get really hyped at kickoff.
TNS: What’s your favorite memory of this season so far?
DL: Probably last week against Karr, not because I had a big game, we just played so well together as a defense. They’re our postseason rival. You always look at the bracket to see what side Karr is on. We respect those guys but it was good to get them back for 2012.
TNS: What made you decide to get involved in student government?
DL: I looked up to (former Neville defensive end) Will Myers in junior high. He was student body president and also had five sacks in one game. I always wanted to replicate what he did, and fortunately I was able to do that.