Robdonovan Lewis Update

Robdonovan Lewis is headed a long way from home this weekend.

Robdonovan Lewis

The athlete from Jonesboro-Hodge High School will make his first official visit to the University of Minnesota.

The 5-foot-11, 176-pounder is a three-year starter for the Tigers on both offense and defense. Defensively, he plays free safety and splits his time at receiver and wingback on offense.

Joey Pender, Lewis' coach at Jonesboro-Hodge, said his star is equally adept on both sides of the ball.

"He can do both," said Pender, in his fourth season in Jonesboro after eight years in Winnfield and three in Ruston. "I think most of (the college coaches) are projecting him as a corner, but he's pretty good on offense, too. The college guys have to decide, but I'd recruit him as an athlete."

When he's not roaming the Tigers' secondary, Lewis normally is tearing up opponents on the ground. In a Week 2 victory against Cedar Creek, Lewis had 176 yards rushing on only 11 carries.

His ability on the offensive side of the ball has Pender harkening back to one of his former stars in Ruston – Jack Hunt, who starred at wingback and later played safety for LSU.

"They are a lot alike," Pender said. "I think Robdonovan is a little smaller frame-wise than Jack was, but Robdonovan is also faster. He's got blazing speed, and that says a lot because Jack Hunt was fast. They are a lot the same kind of player."

Lewis currently is holding four offers: Minnesota, Mississippi State, Northwestern State and Louisiana-Monroe.

The Minnesota offer left his head coach chuckling. "I've never had a kid recruited from Minnesota, but they offered him."

Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster has made a commitment in recent years to recruit in the South. Of the Golden Gophers' 12 commitments this year, one is from New Orleans and another is from Houston. Brewster signed three Texans in February and five the year before.

Lewis has been hearing from Louisiana Tech but doesn't have an offer from the Bulldogs yet.

"They've been looking at him, but they haven't made an offer though," Pender said.

While Lewis is headed to the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" this weekend, his head coach isn't expecting a decision anytime soon. "He's just getting his eyes open up to all of this," Pender said.

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