Indianapolis Receiver Attracts Illinois

Ron Zook brought the spread offense to Champaign when he arrived from Florida, and the Illinois offense was one of the most productive in the nation last year. In order to run the spread, however, talented wide receivers are vital. Dyjuan Lewis has that talent.

Indianapolis Pike High School was an Indiana class 5A finalist in the 2007 season. Unfortunately, the team had to replace 16 starters and 36 seniors. The team wasn't quite as successful this season going 7-3, losing in the first round of the playoffs to Ben Davis High School. One player who helped fill the hole left by the outgoing seniors was wide receiver Dyjuan Lewis.

"We had an ok season," Lewis explains. "We really weren't ready some games. We had a lot of players hurt. Next season though, we're returning half of our offense. On defense, we're going to have a couple of young guys, but also a couple of seniors."

Injuries limited Lewis' performance last fall.

"I did okay. Toward the end of the season, I had a couple of injuries so I wasn't able to play to my potential. I've been able to recover from some of my injuries, but I'm in basketball season right now so I haven't been able to be fully healthy. I played wide receiver as well as kickoff and punt receiver."

When wide receivers discuss their abilities, blocking usually isn't an aspect that is brought up.

"I would say my blocking ability, getting off the line, and going up for a ball are the strengths of my game. I need to work on my catching and my route running. I also need to get in the weight room and get ready for college."

A host of BCS conference schools have come calling for Dyjuan.

"Michigan State, Louisville, Florida, Iowa, Tennessee, Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, Cincinnati, Illinois, and Purdue are recruiting me. I didn't grow up a fan of any particular scool."

The 6'-2", 180 pound wide receiver has seven scholarship offers.

"Kentucky, Iowa, IU, Cincinnati, Purdue, Indiana, and Illinois are all looking at me as a wide receiver. The Illinois offer came last week while I was in school. My coaching pulled me into the hallway and told me Illinois had offered."

High school juniors are actively attending junior days across the country, and Dyjuan is no different.

"I went to IU for an unofficial visit for their junior day. I'm supposed to go to Purdue, Cincinnati, and Michigan State soon as well."

The student part of student-athlete is often overlooked in recruiting, but Dyjuan realizes its importance.

"I'm going to take my time. I'm going to worry about the quality of my education first and then sports. I do want somewhere where I can play early though."

Dyjuan reports a 2.5 GPA.


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