Coming in at 6-2, 225-pounds, Preston Lewis, who led the state of Utah in sacks as a junior last season recording 14 and a half, has been offered by the BYU Cougars today, making it a day that will always be remembered by the Lewis family for more reasons than one.
“It’s awesome!” Lewis said. “I talked to BYU yesterday on the phone and they wanted me to come down today. I went down this morning and spoke to Coach Empey and Coach Tuiaki. They pretty much told me that I was their type of guy and that they really liked me. Then they told me that they wanted to offer me a scholarship.”
Ever since he was a young boy, Lewis followed BYU and cheered for the Cougars. He always wanted to play football for BYU and today he received his long awaited chance.
“I mean, BYU is my dream school and I didn’t want to go anywhere else, so I felt that if they offered me I would commit right then and there,” Lewis said. “I’ve grown up a BYU fan and my parents went there. I’ve gone to all the games, it’s a LDS school, and I love the Cougars. It just fits me, so I decided to commit on the spot.”
“They were excited and happy that I committed straight up,” said Lewis. “They were pretty happy about it.”
In the heavily publicized world of recruiting with prospects like Simi Fehoko, Jay Tufele, and Maxs Tupai, among others, Preston Lewis quietly went about his business. He recorded more sacks than any other football player during the 2015 season (14.5), had 62 total tackles, 30 tackles for a loss, and two forced fumbles yet he went under the radar. Still, he didn’t get past the ever keen recruiting eyes of BYU’s recruiting staff who views him as a speed rusher on the edge or a linebacker.
“Coach Tuiaki says he still sees me playing D-end for him,” said Lewis. “They also talked to me about playing linebacker as well. I guess we’ll see but that’s what they told me. He told me that they like fast guys that can get around the end and said I was their kind of player. He said, ‘We don’t care if they’re 6-5 or 6-2.’ He said, ‘If they can get around the edge that’s what matters most to us.’”
Recently Lewis recorded outstanding numbers at a two Nike SPARQ camps held in Los Angeles and Seattle.
“Just barely in Seattle I recorded a 104,” said Lewis. “I [scored] a 107 in L.A.”
Lewis’ 107.16 SPARQ rating was the second best in the Nike ratings in Los Angeles beaten out by a 5-8, 164-pound wide receiver named Sean North. His Seattle score of 104. 67 was good for seventh place. BYU is getting an athletic, quick, and hard-working prospect who couldn’t be happier he’s a Cougar.
“I’m feeling awesome right now,” Lewis said. “It’s really hard to explain what it feels like getting an offer from a school you grew up cheering for. Today’s a great day, rise and shout!”