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The first time Chargers first-round draft pick Buster Davis and San Diego State junior Lance Louis met up in San Diego, Davis walked right past his old friend from New Orleans without recognizing him.

At the time, they were talking on cell phones with Louis directing Davis where to meet him on SDSU’s campus.

“He said, ‘I’m right here — you walked right past me,’ ” Davis said. “He’s gotten so big, I didn’t recognize him.”

Louis was a 6-foot-3, 265-pounder as a tight end for the Aztecs before his knee injury, which forced him to miss last season. He reported to fall camp at 6-3, 290.

“He was 6-3, 225 the last time I saw him in high school,” Davis said. “But I think they made the right move switching him to guard. If they didn’t switch him, I would have switched him for them. I’ll think he’ll do great job playing guard. He’s a very athletic person and he’s big.”

The Aztecs, who open their season Saturday against Washington State in Seattle, figured to be set at right guard this year with fifth-year senior Brandyn Dombrowski (6-6, 330) as a returning starter. But Dombrowski has an academic issue that SDSU head coach Chuck Long says could go unresolved right up to kickoff.

Fifth-year senior Fred Amano (6-1, 290), a Rancho Bernardo High alumnus whose brother Eugene plays the offensive line for the Tennessee Titans, is scheduled to start, with Louis backing up Amano.

“Fred Amano has had a great camp, Mike Schmidt has been solid at the left guard and we’ve been pleased with Lance Louis,” Long said. “We knew Lance would pick it up quick.”

In New Orleans, Davis played at Walker High and Louis at Landry High. Another New Orleans product to play for San Diego State that Davis said he hopes to meet up with soon in San Diego is Ray Peterson, the former SDSU receiver and assistant coach that is a teacher in San Diego.”

“I’ve got the most receptions at our school and Ray is second to me,” Davis said.

— TOM SHANAHAN

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