Zo Says It's LSU

Alonzo Lewis of St. James (La.) was one of the first members from the 2011 class to get an offer from the Tigers. He knew it wouldn't take long for him to pull the trigger and on Saturday that time came.

LSU fans were anxious to see if any commitments would come out of junior day on Saturday and St. James (La.) product Alonzo Lewis made their wish come true.


“My heart told me to do it and I felt like this is what I needed to do,” Lewis said. “My heart said LSU and you have to listen to your heart.”


Lewis (6-3, 200, 4.5) received a verbal offer from the Tigers last June after he put his skills on display for the staff at camp.


Since then, he’s taken his time with the recruiting process and wasn’t in a rush to make a decision. That changed, however, with this latest trip to the place he will call home after high school.


“I don’t know what changed,” he said. “It just felt like the right thing to do today. I just felt comfortable and they showed me so much love. They never pressured me and showed me they really wanted me, so why wait?”


One reason Lewis wasn’t in a hurry to make a decision was that LSU had a coaching change in December when Billy Gonzales was hired to coach the receivers in place of D.J. McCarthy.


Though Lewis hasn’t had as much time to get to know Gonzales as he had with McCarthy he feels good about Gonzales and the relationship they’ve built.


“To me he is a good person and he’s straight up,” Lewis said. “He’s very humble and we hit it off from the start. He’s someone I feel comfortable with for spending the next four years of my life with.”


Lewis will head back to St. James feeling a little different than when he drove to Baton Rouge this morning. He isn’t the only one, though, who has a different feeling than this morning.


“They were excited,” Lewis said of the LSU coaches. “They were kind of shocked about it. Coach Miles was kind of speechless and Coach Gonzales just kept saying congratulations. He was all smiles. We were all smiling. It’s a great day for me and LSU.”

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