FORT MYERS – Heading into his fourth varsity season, wide receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis is finding his stride at Dunbar.
The 6’0″, 170-pounder transferred to play for the Tigers last season to be closer to home and family.
Prior to his arrival, he was the main offensive weapon at Lehigh. He weighed 156 lbs. after his sophomore season with the Lightning and is aiming to reach the 180-pound mark by the end of his senior campaign.
One of his close friends, Emmitt Williams, a former Lehigh basketball player and current IMG star is someone Jacques-Louis went to middle school with. He stays in touch with a lot of his former classmates.
Jacques-Louis adjusted to being one of the guys this past season as a junior for Dunbar as opposed to the guy. He caught 20 passes for 314 yards and five touchdowns. He also took back a punt and kickoff for a touchdown.
Here’s what Jacques-Louis says he learned from Dunbar’s 9-3 season that ended in the Class 5A region semifinal against Immokalee.
“I learned that you can always come back. We had a lot of comebacks on teams,” he told Prep Sports Scouting. “I learned a lot of stuff Shannon [Reid], the linebacker who went to Tennessee. If I was playing around in practice, he’d get on me. So I learned to go hard in every minute of practice.”
He lines up everywhere on the Tigers offense calling himself a playmaker. But it is at wide receiver where he plays mostly and where colleges are looking at him at.
Jacques-Louis currently has 16 offers which include the likes of Kentucky, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, Syracuse, North Carolina and Minnesota.
He says Kentucky is showing him the most interest on a weekly basis and that the Wildcats are on the top of his list right now.
Starting his football life at age 7, Jacques-Louis was an offensive and defensive lineman.
He pointed to his ability to score touchdowns as his biggest strength.
“The difference between me and other players is that they try to dance with them, I’m trying to get the job done and score quickly,” Jacques-Louis said.
Route running is one area that he wants to improve this season.
Jacques-Louis plays for head coach Sammy Brown at Dunbar. Brown was an assistant for 14 years before taking over the sidelines a season ago.
“Me and coach Brown are family. It’s really cool playing for him,” Jacques-Louis said. “He always pushes me to get better. He makes me go to extra workouts to get bigger.”
A four-sport athlete at Dunbar, Jacques-Louis also participates in the baseball, basketball and track programs.
“My uncle told me that different sports help out with football,” he said. “With basketball, I learn how to jump higher and catch in traffic. Baseball helps me focus on the ball more and track helps with speed.”
Jacques-Louis has the end goal of making it all way to the NFL.
“That’s everybody’s goal. I want to make a lot of money and go about my business,” he said. “Off the field, I want to study Criminology.”
Speed is Jacques-Louis’ friend. He calls himself a playmaker and when you turn on the tape, he is one for sure. He can make you pay on kickoffs or punts with his vision and cutting ability. He can also burn you on a simple deep route.
As he continues to add to his route tree, Jacques-Louis will get even more dangerous. There’s no wonder all these Division-I programs are highly interested in him. Look for much more offers to come his way this season. The future is bright for this Fort Myers native.
Favorite players to watch – Antonio Brown, Julio Jones and Cam Newton
Playlist before games – Kodak Black
Favorite movies – Last Friday
Favorite TV shows – The Flash
Fun fact about you that nobody knows – “I can sing. I’ve been singing my whole life at my church (House of God).”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “MVP”
Game film: Jacques-louis’ Hudl tape
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