Looks Are Deceiving For Tight End Jamal Lewis

At 6-4 225, it would be easy to classify Jamal Lewis as a finesse player. The fact that he lists his hobbies as art and playing acoustic guitar does very little to dispel that image. Nevertheless, one would be greatly mistaken if they believed that the tight end from Rampart High School in Colorado Springs could be bullied around on the line of scrimmage. Many high school defensive players in Colorado can attest to that.

"My coach sums it up that he likes to have the ball in my hands, but he really loves me for my run blocking." Says the tight end. "They (his high school's offense) would run the ball on my side almost every play. I love having the ball, but nothing satisfies me more than knocking a blocker on their butt, and watching my running back run by him." Lewis' high school coach Ron Sirko concurs: "Jamal has developed into a fine blocker. He really liked blocking as much as catching. He was instrumental in the success of our running game. (Lewis helped block for two 1,000-yard rushers)" However, Sirko was complementary of his player's catching abilities as well: "He caught only 25-30 balls, because we weren't a deep throwing offense. But he was our go-to-go guy. He has great hands, and caught a lot of little key passes." Case in point - Lewis had over 1,100 yards catching and nine touchdowns in his last two years in high school.

The first team Colorado All-State selection was one of the first players to verbally commit to ASU. He did so last summer, before setting foot in Tempe. The tight end recalls how the ASU recruiting process started: "Towards the end of my junior year I started getting letters. At that time my high school coach showed film to the ASU coaches. The very last week of my junior year, coach Fidler met with me, and said that ASU was seriously considering offering me a scholarship. A week later I got the official scholarship offer in the mail." Colorado and Colorado St. (along with Kansas St., and Texas A&M) were other major schools pursuing his services, but Lewis had no overwhelming desire to stay in the Rocky Mountain state. "I guess to a certain extent I did want to leave Colorado." Says the tight end. "ASU was something new that I wanted to experience. I knew a lot of other people in those other schools, and I guess I wanted to get away from that. When I looked at schools, I looked at the whole picture. Colorado is a good Football program, and ASU is starting over. I thought it would be cool to be part of that first recruiting class."

The fact that Lewis committed to ASU before he even took a visit, speaks volumes on the impression that the coaches made on him from day one" "The coaching staff was brand new, and told me how they're changing everything." Reveals Lewis "They showed pictures of the campus, and the weight room. I was just shocked. I took some unofficial visits to Colorado and Colorado St. to see friends. I was impressed by the Football aspect, but not by the campus. I didn't see myself fitting in there. I have some family and friends that live near ASU, so they told me a lot about the school." Once Lewis came on his official visit to Tempe, he knew that he made the right decision to spend the next few years of his live here: "I did officially visit ASU in December. They put us in the nicest hotel I ever stayed in (Mission Palms). I took like three trips around campus. It's huge! They hooked us up with Darrell Turner (ASU's fullback) and he showed me what school would be like from his point of view. That was good to get his perspective. The dorm rooms were huge, the stadium is ridiculous, and the weight room is the biggest I have ever seen. I came here during spring break a few weeks ago, and it was awesome. I met some of the players, and they were all real cool with me."

The tight end has great admiration for Tom Osborne, who will be his position coach with the Sun Devils. Lewis actually lists his future coach as the single biggest reason why he chose ASU. " When I first talked to coach Osborne, he was just kinda yelling in the phone (smile). All I remember him saying over and over was I'm fired up for you. Coach Fidler said that when I announced that I committed to ASU, coach Osborne was doing cartwheels down the hall. He's a cool guy (smile)." While the tight end is excited himself to get started at ASU, he knows that he has a lot of work ahead of him. "One thing I need to improve on is going 100% every play. I also know that I have to add some weight. When I saw ASU's tight ends in spring practice, I knew I had to gain some muscle. I'm thinking about coming over to Tempe about a week before I'm supposed to report. Ever since I heard that we're opening against Nebraska, my ultimate goal is to play right away. But if they want to redshirt me, that just fine by me."

It may be hard to picture a fierce Football player with peaceful hobbies off the field, but if any one position on team requires diversity – it is the Tight End one. The multi-talented Jamal Lewis fell in love with ASU from the first time he was introduced to the Sun Devils. If he continues his fine play from his high school days, it won't take long for the maroon and gold faithful to be just as quickly enamored with him.

Recruit Profile Name

Jamal Lewis

High School

Rampart HS Colorado Springs, CO


Tight End (Played Defensive End Too)




225 4.45

Date of Birth



Iowa City, IA



Favorite TV Show

Family Matters

Favorite Movie


Favorite Singer

Craig Davis

Favorite Food

Fettuccini Alfredo

Favorite Drink


Favorite Athlete

Tony Gonzales

Favorite Pro Team

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Person you most admire

My dad. He's just a good role model

First Football Memory

In Middle School. I was huge and everybody made fun of me. It did stop when everyone else grew too.

One Thing most people don't know about me

I play acoustic guitar

Why did you choose ASU?

Coach Osborne (ASU's Tight Ends coach)

Where do you want to be in ten years?

Hopefully the pros. If that doesn't work, something art related.

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