But after Lewis arrived to campus with the rest of the signees in June, news came that he wasn’t going to meet NCAA academic requirements and would have to continue coursework elsewhere.
“I was upset about that, but I knew I had to keep my head up and keep going,” Lewis said. “That was a tough time for me, and it hasn’t been an easy first year at junior college, but I am staying focused on what I have to do.
“I’m working with the team and keeping on top of things in the classroom.”
After starting as a wide receiver in his first game at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi, Lewis’ season was put on pause.
“I got hit in the chest on a tackle, and his helmet caused a collapsed lung,” Lewis said. “It put me into the hospital and kept me sidelined for three games.
“I came back to the team after that, but I didn’t play a whole lot the rest of the season. The coaches were sort of hesitant to let me stay out there.”
Though Lewis lined up at wide receiver this year, the LSU staff continues to entertain the possibility of playing him as a safety.
Because of that, Lewis is pushing the Co-Lin coaching staff to make a switch before his sophomore campaign.
“Since I took the junior college role I started at wide receiver to help out the team, but I said to the coaches that I wanted to play defensive back next year,” he said. “The LSU coaches haven’t really said for sure where I would play, so I don’t want to rule anything out by giving up on the position.”
While Lewis said the LSU staff hasn’t been in contact as often as they were during his senior year at St. James, he expects things to pick back up when he becomes eligible after next season.
“I have been to all but one home game this season, and I always see the coaches on the field and shake hands with everyone,” Lewis said. “I am going to be signing on in 2013, so I’ll be talking to them a lot more then.
“They know where I stand. I am firm to LSU. That’s where I plan on going after I’m done here.”
Outside of trips to Tiger Stadium, Lewis said he has kept a close eye on away games whenever they are televised – even if his teammates aren’t the biggest Tiger fans in the world.
“They don’t like LSU up here, it’s just a lot of people who like Mississippi State and Ole Miss and those schools,” Lewis said with a laugh. “I even had some of them wanting to bet that LSU couldn’t win that Alabama game, and I just kept telling them to watch the games and see how it plays out.
“It’s been great to see them doing this well. I got mad at myself a couple of times knowing I could have been a part of all that.”
Lewis plans to visit for the Arkansas game on Nov. 25.