BYU Offers Lewis

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall informed the media that the Cougar coaching staff will try and bring in a midyear transfer from the junior college ranks to shore up the defensive backfield for next season. Citrus Community College's Christyn Lewis appears to fit that bill, as BYU offered him a scholarship about a week after Mendenhall made that statement.

Christyn Lewis is a 6-foot-2-inch, 165-pound cornerback/safety prospect from Citrus Community College in Southern California. Lewis has been courted by Minnesota for a long time, having received a scholarship offer from the Golden Gophers this past spring. He recently visited the school and has Minnesota solidly in his list of top three schools.

Christyn Lewis

Another school that has entered his top three is BYU, which offered him a scholarship about three weeks ago. Lewis was excited about the offer, although he didn't know much about BYU at the time and is learning as much as he can as he prepares to take an official trip to the campus.

"I remember seeing them beat Oklahoma early in the year, but beyond that I really didn't know anything about them until Coach Lamb contacted me," related Lewis about his BYU education. "I like what I've heard so far and now I just want to go out there with my mom to see if they're a good fit for me."

Lewis started out playing cornerback for Citrus this season, but was switched to safety due to some injuries. He prides himself on not getting beat deep and can't stand it when he is.

"It bugs me more than anything, so I'll do everything possible to make sure it doesn't happen," he explained. "I'm good at coming up and hitting guys and making plays on the ball, but not getting beat deep is definitely something I pride myself in and is my main thing."

Lewis certainly has the goods with his 4.42 forty time, which goes along very well with his 6-foot-2-inch frame. It's no doubt that these attributes have caused schools such as Utah State, Idaho, Hawaii and UTEP, in addition to BYU and Minnesota, to come calling.

He's also helped out by his ability to transfer midyear, which makes him an attractive option to play right away upon his transfer.

"I definitely want to play right away, just like everyone else does," he stated. "I want to go to a school where I can play and really contribute. I don't care if it's at safety or at cornerback. I just want to play."

Lewis mentioned that BYU is talking to him mostly about playing cornerback, although nothing has been decided in that regard as of yet.

While many midyear and other junior college transfers experience transfer trouble, that certainly doesn't look to be the case with Lewis, who finished up his associates degree this past spring.

"I have it right here on my desk," he proudly stated. "I don't like school, so I wanted to get it done with. I know that I need to get it done with and get it done well to reach my goals, so I was really motivated to get through classes so I wouldn't have to take them again while becoming eligible to play for a Division I school."

He plans to visit BYU in the next three weeks, as his season will be wrapped up by then. Lewis likes what he hears about BYU and will strongly consider the Cougars when deciding what his final destination to play college football at will be.

"I want a clean environment and a place where I can concentrate on my goals," he summed up. "It would also be nice to play close to home so my mom could come out and see me play. I also have a cousin who played for Utah State who lives in Salt Lake City right now, so that will be good having family close by. I'm just excited to go out there and see what they have to offer and how I feel."

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