In recent weeks, Jason Lewis has worn a white defensive jersey at Arizona State's practices and worked on pass rushing technique.
That's not what Lewis, a former U.S. Army All-American and high school state champion, wanted as his future. On Sunday, the 6-foot-3, 249 pound redshirt freshman announced his intent to transfer.
At ASU, Lewis redshirted as a freshman in 2015 and did not see the field in 2016. He primarily worked with the fourth team in practices at the position until October, when coaches asked him to try playing linebacker.
"I wish nothing the (sic) best for everyone on the staff," Lewis wrote in a message on his Twitter profile. "I am going to miss all the players on the team. These are relationships that will last a life time and I am happy to call you guys my friends. My reason for leaving is not any bad blood between people or anything. I just believe I didn't fit into the system. I felt I could be best used at a school where I fit in and will be used well."
Lewis was recruited as a running back at ASU out of Ocean Lake High School in Virginia Beach, Va., where he was the MVP for a school that won its first-ever 6A title. In the state championship game Lewis rushed for a school-record 267 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winning score in overtime. He rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior.
Scout.com ranked Lewis as the No. 15 running back prospect and No. 110 overall recruit in the 2015 high school class. He was one of the most highly regarded prospects ASU signed under coach Todd Graham.
Lewis chose ASU over reported scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Penn State, UCLA, Wisconsin and other programs.