Gonzales Already on Lewis

St. James wide receiver Alonzo Lewis took notice of LSU's big weekend on the 2011 recruiting front. Will the early goings of the class push the in-state prospect over the top?

When St. James athlete Alonzo Lewis picked up an LSU scholarship offer early last summer, it came by way of a big-time camp performance in front of then wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy.

With McCarthy out of Baton Rouge and Billy Gonzales in, Lewis is ready to get to know a new face.

So far, the Tigers remain in a great spot.

“I talked with coach G last week, and he told me right away that I was a priority for him just like I was for coach D.J.,” Lewis said. “We talked about me committing and how I could help the class out, but he didn’t put too much pressure on me to make anything happen right then.

“I could tell right away that he was a really laid back guy, and I liked that about him from the start. I felt like he got to know me pretty well off our first talk.”

With five commitments already on board, including running backs Kenny Hilliard and Jeremy Hill, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Lewis – who boasts 4.4 speed – admits he was left speechless after initially hearing the weekend’s news.

“It was shocking because all those new guys were committing, and they had just gotten new position coaches, including a new recruiting coordinator,” Lewis said. “I just did not think it would happen that quickly with everyone.

“But, LSU took a big, big step in the right direction. I have played against Hilliard and Hill. They are both the real deal. Kenny is big and has speed, and Hill can get through that middle and hit somebody, too.”

With offers in from LSU and Houston, and interest coming from a handful of other programs, where does Lewis stand now that his junior season has wrapped up?

“LSU is sitting pretty, but I am staying open-minded,” he said. “My parents told me to take it slow and see what all offers I get. They just don’t want me to feel any pressure.

“I look at a school like Tulsa and know that they are going to throw the ball a whole lot and I could probably play early and often,” he added. “I have little thoughts like that on each team that is showing me love.”

Lewis, who is spending the holiday break taking distance learning courses from LSU, said that while no timetable for a decision is set, the Tigers are still out front.

“We will see how things play out, but when I talked to coach Gonzales he said that he wanted me on board for that 2011 class so that we could win three championships during my time there,” Lewis said. “I liked his confidence.”

After being sidelined with a strained hamstring for much of the 2009 season, Lewis finished with over 200 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns.

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