A product of West Jefferson High School in Harvey, La., the 6’0” 185-pound Lewis emerged as a go-to wide receiver for his hometown Buccaneers over the last two seasons. He is now ready for the next step in his football career, committing to the Arizona State Sun Devils in September of last year.
Lewis was recruited to ASU by former assistant coach Larry Porter and offensive coordinator Mike Norvell.
Lewis runs consistently in the 4.45 to 4.5 range in the 40-yard dash. For the 2012 season, he was the 22nd-ranked player in the sportsNOLA.com NIFTY FIFTY seniors in the state. Interestingly, the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League previously named Lewis its Papa John’s “VooDoo Prep Athlete of the Week.”
Lewis made an official visit to the Arizona State campus in January 2013. He has scholarship offers from 30 schools, including Arizona, Texas A&M, Colorado, Nebraska and Mississippi State.
“His skills translate well to the next level,” West Jefferson coach Marcus Scott told The New Orleans Times-Picayune. “He’s versatile enough that they (Arizona State) can play him at a number of different positions. They can throw it to him, they can hand it to him, they can move him around and create mismatches.”
According to an ESPN.com scouting report:
“Lewis is a prospect that really has a nice feel for the slot position and is an inside receiver with a knowledge of how top get open and find soft spots in coverage. He has adequate height, but is extremely lean. Is light on his feet and lacks strength and bulk. Is at his best when in motion, working against off coverage. Excels on screens, reverses and quick bubble screens. Has reliable hands and can catch away from his body and on the run. Shows excellent body control and the ability to adjust to the ball in the air. He isn’t a major threat after the catch as he is quicker than fast, but he has some elusiveness and can make defenders miss in the open field.”
Lewis is a two-time 5A All-State selection. He had 40 catches for 672 yards with eight touchdowns for West Jefferson in 2011, breaking the school record with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Helen Cox. As a senior, Lewis led West Jefferson to a 7-3 mark and an appearance in Louisiana’s Class 5A playoffs. He ran for an 80-yard touchdown on a speed sweep during week 10 of the season, and also caught four passes.
Lewis will now have an opportunity to showcase his talent in the Pac-12 conference if he signs, as expected, with the Sun Devils on February 6.