Not Your Average Walk-On

Not all walk-ons -- or "preferred walk-ons," for that matter -- are created equal. Harrison Lewis was a standout on the Class 4A level for DeRidder High School, recording almost 150 tackles in 2010, and he's determined to play his way into the starting lineup at Louisiana Tech.

"I expected to go somewhere (with a scholarship)," said DeRidder inside linebacker Harrison Lewis. "I was heavily-recruited by college coaches, but nothing came through and I was stuck in no man's land. I was recruited by ULM, Louisiana Tech, Army, Lamar, McNeese State, Northwestern State, and Texas State, but no one ever offered.

"The coaches at Louisiana Tech told me that they had already offered JUCO linebackers and the numbers weren't there. They said for me to come in with the other recruits as a preferred walk-on. I can promise you that I'm going to work my way into a scholarship."

Lewis led the Dragons to the Class 4A playoffs in 2010, racking up 149 tackles from his middle linebacker position.

"I had 139 tackles during the regular season and 19 tackles in the playoff game versus Leesville," he said. "I picked off three passes on the year and returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown. I also had two sacks and a lot of tackles for loss."

Lewis is well-acquainted with a couple of Tech signees: Levander Liggins (Leesville HS) and Bryson Abraham (Jennings HS).

"It will be cool (playing with Liggins)," said Lewis. "We grew up playing together and against each other. Bryson and I are friends. We both played in the all-star game (Who Is The Mann Classic) a couple of weeks ago. I had four tackles and a bunch of big hits in the game."

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