Shortly after adding a controversial transfer, Marshall has decided to distance itself, permanently, from a former transfer who became one of its most talented players on the offensive side of the ball.
In a press release, the Herd announced that “head coach Doc Holliday… has determined it best that the program and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis part ways.” The release further stated that “[t]he program wishes him the best in his future endeavors.”
The parting of ways is the latest speed bump in Jean-Louis’ checkered college football career.
A Rivals.com four-star recruit, Jean-Louis was one of the highest-rated members of the Miami’s 2012 class. Jean-Louis was the No. 8 athlete in the country according to that recruiting service, and was rated as the No. 22 player at any position in the state of Florida.
He was an academic non-qualifier and never played a down for the Hurricanes, instead enrolling at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia before signing with Marshall in December of 2012. In April of 2013, Jean-Louis was charged with two felony counts of fraudulent use of an access device. Specifically, it was alleged that Jean-Louis used a stolen credit card twice — one purchase for $14 and one for $11, both occurring at a local 7-Eleven.
Jean-Louis bounced back from that ignominious start to his career in Huntington to, after sitting out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, start eight of 14 games in 2014. He was tied for the second on the team in receiving touchdowns (six); second in yards per reception (23.3); third in receiving yards (490); and fifth in receptions (21). Following that performance, he was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman squad.
With Tommy Shuler and Eric Frohnapfel having departed, Jean-Louis was, along with Davonte Allen, the most talented and productive returning receiver for a Herd offense that also must replace All-Everything quarterback Rakeem Cato.