Canoga Park (Calif.) 6-foot-2 cornerback Chris Lewis surprised by Hawaii offer

Lewis first got in contact with Hawaii when the new UH coaching staff checked out a high school teammate for the 2016 class.

Hawaii's coaching staff made a trip to Canoga Park a few months ago to attempt to recruit running back Deonte Perry for the 2016 class, but on the trip they also met his teammate - cornerback Chris Lewis. It did not take long before Lewis landed an offer of his own to Hawaii.

“I didn’t even know they were looking at me,” Lewis said. “I know they came to meet Deonte (Perry) for a meet-and-greet type of thing. My coaches wanted me to meet them too. Then a (while) later they called me and had a conversation and threw the offer to me. They checked out my film and liked what they saw. I guess you never know who is looking.”

Hawaii was the third school to offer, after San Jose State and Idaho and before New Mexico. He is still early in the process, but certainly considering Hawaii.

“Hawaii, it’s beautiful - who wouldn’t want to go to Hawaii?” Lewis said. “It’s a beautiful place to be. It’s amazing. They have a nice program.”

Hawaii Running Backs Coach Brian Smith has served as his primary recruiter.

Lewis is a long, athletic cornerback and especially stands out at his 6-foot-2 frame when matching up with receivers. He plays both ways in high school, but prefers to play cornerback.

“I’m long, I’m very versatile,” Lewis said. “I’m aggressive. I have no fear, I don’t fear anyone. I’ll go against anyone.

Other schools expressing interest in Lewis include Boise State, Colorado, Fresno State, Nevada, USC, Washington and Washington State Cougars.

“I’ve got a whole year and I have more offers to gain,” Lewis said. “I’m just enjoying the process and at the right time I’ll pick the right place for me… I want to pick the best place for me, where I have a chance to go to the NFL and get the degree I want in case I don’t get that far. I want to major in Kinesiology so I can stay connected with football, through personal training or something.”

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