Josh Kendall

USC freshman linebacker: ‘240-pound grown man who hits everything that moves’

The first time South Carolina linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler saw Rosendo Louis in person, he said, “Wow.” Now that Louis is on campus as an early enrollee freshman who is competing in spring practice, Hutzler still is saying it.

“He’s done a great job,” Hutzler said. “He’s learning how to practice. He’s learning how to do all the little things and have urgency about it. He’s a physical kid. We’re excited about him.”

Louis, who missed two days of practice due to a family emergency, is getting “a bunch of reps” at middle linebacker this spring, Hutzler said.

“I’m trying to give Rosendo as much as I can just to saturate him in all the reps,” the coach said.

Louis, 6-foot-1, 238 pounds, was a four-star prospect out of Deerfield Beach, Fla., who initially committed to Florida State before switching to and signing with the Gamecocks.

He was an impressive kid on tape,” Hutzler said. “When we went to his practice, (offensive line coach Eric Wolford) and I, we sat there at practice and said, ‘Wow.’ He was a really impressive kid with how he worked, how he hit, how he ran and how he went about his business. I saw a 240-pound grown man run around and hit everything that moves. That’s what you need at linebacker.”