One of the more heralded recruits from last year's recruiting haul, Carrollton (Texas) Newman Smith rush defensive end Jonathan Lewis signed a letter of intent to play for Kansas State. Signing in early February as part of the Class of 2005, Lewis failed to qualify academically and was held out of the class. Short on his qualify score, Lewis remained at home in Carrollton to re-take the test and join the Wildcats at mid-term.
Those plans came to an end earlier this week when Lewis decided he would switch his commitment from Kansas State to Oklahoma State.
"Yes, sir I committed to Oklahoma State," the 6-foot-2, 270 pound DE Lewis told KStateFans.
"I really started thinking about what I wanted and after the coaching change (KSU), I just did not want to go through that. I was supposed to meet with them, Coach Prince and Coach Mo were going to come by but I committed to Oklahoma State," said Lewis.
Injured during his senior year, the Wildcat coaches stuck with Lewis, something that was not lost on Lewis even though he will play for another team.
"They stuck by me when I was hurt and that meant a lot to me. There were some other teams that backed off on me or stopped recruiting me when it happened. When I got hurt they told me they would stand by me and I still had a scholarship. But with Coach Snyder leaving I just wasn't interested in going through another coaching change. There was a change here and I have been through that before and you know, I know how hard that can be. I just really did not want to do that all over again."
With Head Coach Prince and Coach Latimore set to make a visit to Jonathan's house for an in-home visit last night, Jonathan let the Kansas State coaches know of his decision to change.
"Well, I told them I had committed and I let him know and he was alright with it. He knows why I am doing it. I committed to them (OSU) the other day. Coach Mo was supportive you know, I know he was disappointed but he knows why I am doing this and with Coach Snyder gone, I have to look at some of the other schools that were calling me before. You know, after Coach Snyder retired, things were kind of up in the air there and they did not really give me a call to let me know what was up."
Although committed to Oklahoma State, Lewis says that he is still going to take another visit.
"I am committed to Oklahoma State, I am going to be a cowboy but I still have one more trip that I am going to take this weekend. I'm going to go to KU."
Rumored to be taking other visits, Lewis says that he will only take the trip to Kansas this weekend.
"No sir, that is the only trip I am going to make. I was going to visit with Texas Tech but I am not going to make it. "