Central Cali DE Stands Out at Cal Camp

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West defensive end Donavon Lewis had a stellar day at Sunday's California All-American Showcase camp. After dominating drills and 1on1's, head coach Jeff Tedford told the standout he was the best defensive player there…

Donavon Lewis (6-2, 235) has two offers from Fresno State and Nevada. But the emerging prospect would like nothing better than to play in the Pac-10 conference.

On Sunday, he took a step closer to achieving his goal.

"Cal, they told me to come out to their camp," Lewis recalled of his conversation with the Bears during the spring evaluation period.

With fellow Golden State defensive end prospect Dylan Wynn watching from the sidelines and not competing, Lewis took advantage of the opportunity to impress the California Golden Bear coaching staff.

"[Cal head coach Jeff] Tedford said I was the best defensive player was there," Lewis said about the Bears' All-American Showcase camp. "During the drills, they used me as an example. I was more physical and faster. I used my speed to beat everyone in 1on1's. They even put inside."

Lewis said he took about 10 reps in 1on1's including locking up with four-star prospect Jordan Rigsbee.

He doesn't possess elite defensive end size, but his speed, quickness, and relentless pursuit are hard to ignore.

"I talked with Tedford, he loved me," added Lewis. "He said he is going to personally evaluate me with [DL] Coach [Tosh] Lupoi. They are going to recruit me as a hybrid stand up end and drop back backer in the 3-4 defense."

Clovis West will employ a 3-3-5 defense in 2010 under new head coach Mike Parsons. Lewis could see more time at linebacker this season compared to 2009, where he lined up exclusively on the line. "I played linebacker at our spring scrimmage," added Lewis.

While Lewis didn't receive an offer from Cal, he feels one could be coming. "It felt good to [perform well]. I showed Cal I could play," he added.

Previously, he's stated Fresno State, Nevada, Miami, and UCLA were topping his list this spring. But Lewis says he wants to hear more from Arizona State and Oregon. And after Sunday, Cal has moved up his list as well.

"I liked it," Lewis said of Berkeley. "They are doing a lot reconstruction on the facilities. It's exciting what's going on there."

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