"That was important, them showing him so much attention," Johnny Flemming, of Davie (Fla.) Westlake Prepatory, said. "They just did a great job recruiting him. Coach Turgeon did an outstanding job recruiting him."
"For a kid of his caliber, to have so much attention and for him to commit to them early is a testament to Coach Turgeon and his staff."
Loubeau played in an AAU tournament on A&M's campus this summer, and he also participated in their elite camp, so he had a few chances to get acclimated with their program.
"We went down this summer to the Great American shootout at their place and he got the chance to feel out the area and tour the school. We stayed for their Elite camp and he had the opportunity to work with the coaches and meet the players."
"He just liked the environment and he liked the school," Flemming continued. "Ultimately he was impressed with Coach Turgeon. He did a great job recruiting him. He felt like he learned something and enhanced his game there."
With the commitment in place, Flemming also filled us in on another change to Loubeau's profile. The 6-foot-8, 210-pounder is going to move up a class.
"With the new rule there is no need to mess around," Flemming said. "We have him on target to graduate in 2008."
Last season Loubeau averaged 31 points and nearly 20 rebounds at Westlake. On that team he plays in the post, but Flemming expects he'll get a lot more perimeter touches when he gets to college.
"His work ethic is second to none. He's a very coachable kid and a great kid. With what we do here, we kind of minimize a lot of his skill set because we use him for what we really need him for."
"He handles the ball extremely well and he can step out and hit the jump shots and hit the three. All of those things will be shown once he gets to that level. He'll be able to step out more where he's more of a back to the basket guy for us, which he does very well."
As a member of the 2009 class, Loubeau was a four-star prospect and ranked No. 62 overall.