St. James High had a rough road to open the 2010 season, dropping games against West St. John, Westgate, East St. John, Patterson and Salmen.
In the three games since – all 3A District 8 contests – the Wildcats have swept the competition, taking wins over Brusly, Livonia and Port Allen.
From there, St. James passed the ball just two more times on the evening – case in point as to why Lewis isn’t putting up the same offensive numbers as other FBS commitments across the state.
“It’s tough to get going offensively in this system,” said Lewis of the Wing-T. “We come out like we did last week and hit a big pass play, then we go right back to the ground for the rest of the night. I have four touchdowns, but under 400 yards for the whole season. I guess some people might let it frustrate them, but we are winning these district games so I am still happy.”
Though he pledged to LSU as a wide receiver, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Lewis – who plays safety and receiver at St. James - said that he could see himself on either side of the ball in college.
“It doesn’t matter too much to me, to be honest,” he said. “The coaches have talked about how well I would do for them wherever they put me, so right now I am not even thinking about it too much.
“If I played safety I would have to put on some muscle, but that would probably be pretty easy. I don’t even lift weights right now, only our linemen do. When I start working out with the LSU team I think I’ll be able to add whatever I need.”
LSU recently evaluated Lewis on the defensive side of the ball when they sent secondary coach Ron Cooper to the St. James and Livonia game. After just a half of play, Lewis said that Cooper had seen enough.
“He told me that after a couple of quarters he could have left because everything checked out,” Lewis said. “I guess you could say I impressed him. I scored a touchdown that night, so that was good. From the conversations we had, he now knows what I’m capable of.”
Academically, Lewis remains on track.
He scored a 17 on his first ACT, which he plans to retake. He also has his GPA goal in sight.
“I’m shooting for A’s, but if I make all B’s I just need an 18 or 19 on the ACT, so I am in reach,” Lewis said. “I will probably take the test three more times, at least that’s how I have planned it. I don’t want there to be any questions. If I can keep everything right, then I will be enrolled at LSU next summer.”
While high school football has taken up Friday nights, Lewis has reserved Saturdays for LSU.
“I’ve watched pretty much every game,” he said. “This past weekend’s game was tough, but (Auburn quarterback) Cam Newton was something special. The LSU defense is one of the best in the country, and he carried Auburn past that.
“Alabama’s next, and that’s just as big. I will definitely be in Baton Rouge for an unofficial visit that weekend. It’s one I have had planned for a while, and I’m not going to miss it.”