Lewis loved official to Boulder

Three-star 2017 defensive back Isaiah Lewis committed to Colorado when the Buffaloes were at the bottom of the Pac-12 South, now we’re here.


The 6-foot, 195-pound CU commit was on hand Saturday to watch the Buffs clinch the division with a win over Utah. Lewis raved about his official visit and he can’t wait to get back to Boulder in January when he’ll enroll early at CU.

“It was a great time. I was super happy to get back up here, see what goes on a day-to-day, see all the coaches and a couple of commits, it was a great time,” Lewis told BuffStampede.com.

Get off my lawn or rush the field?

“That was something amazing right there. It was funny,” Lewis continued on fans storming onto the Folsom grass.

Official visits are packed full of activities, offering a glimpse of what college life will be like for a student athlete. Juwann Winfree and fellow Granite Bay (Calif.) product Dylan Keeney served as hosts for Lewis on his visit.

“When I got here on Friday afternoon we went to position meetings. I got to talk to coach [Joe] Tumpkin, get a layout of what their game plan is, what their game plan is for myself as well,” Lewis said.

“That was cool to see what the coaches are telling the players, what to be looking for, what to do to be successful in the game.”

Game day was lit, as the kids say. As we’re pumped with the Rumble in the Rockies rivalry, you can tell there’s already a distaste for all things Utah in this young defensive back.

“Saturday, that was really cool. Did the walk through, game planning, all that stuff. Went to the game, that was a blast to see them tear up the Utes,” Lewis continued.

Lewis noted that he’s known CU corner Ahkello Witherspoon for awhile and the two have previously trained together in Northern California. CU’s coaches hope to move Lewis around in the secondary, with early playing time being a possibility.

“They definitely want me to hit it hard before I come up there because when I come up there it’s time to get ready,” Lewis said.

“I’ll probably be playing anything in the secondary, coach Tumpkin said I could be playing safety, nickel, you have to be able to play all positions.”

Lewis’ parents accompanied him on the official and he said the family has been to Boulder a couple of times. The visit exceeded expectations, leaving the future Buff ready to roll in Colorado next year.

“Oh yeah … It was awesome. It was a great time,” Lewis said when asked if his visit lived up to the hype.

“I’m graduating early so I’ll be up there, I think my set date is Jan. 17. I’ll start school, start training, all that good stuff.”

Following Lewis’ commitment to CU this past summer, the three-star continued to hear a little bit from Wyoming. Cal sent mail, but the general vibe was that Lewis was “locked off.”

Getting to know other CU 2017 commits has been a rewarding experience for the NorCal defensive back. There'll be a gathering of future Buffs in Santa Clara, Calif., on Friday.

“We have a little group chat so we’re always talking. This week, Dante, Tyler, Jon Van Diest, Jake [Moretti], we were all up there this weekend,” Lewis continued.

“I know a couple guys are going to be at the championship game in Santa Clara so we’ll see them too. I know Nate Landman will be there this time. I know it’s going to be a battle. I honestly think if we’re taking care of our business we’re just about unstoppable.”

Things will move quickly for Lewis with the holidays upon us. He’ll finish high school and pack up for Boulder. Once he officially walks into the Champions Center, it’s on.

“It still hasn’t hit me yet that I’ll be there in a couple months. It’s been an amazing experience. I’m just glad I stuck to it and the Colorado coaches have so much faith in me,” Lewis said.

“I’m excited to get up there and start working.”

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