Taking his Time

St. James (La.) wide receiver/defensive back Alonzo Lewis earned a scholarship offer from LSU after a strong showing at Les Miles' June camp and that has the Tigers sitting in a good spot with the versatile athlete.

With some exceptions, for many recruits the target date for signing their name on the dotted line is the first Wednesday in February, which in the recruiting world is also known as National Signing Day. Depending on the stock of commitments, it is the day that provides hope for some programs or despair for others.

It also happens to be the day St. James High School Alonzo Lewis (6'3, 192, 4.45) intends on making his college decision, at least the way things currently stand.

Although Lewis had a bit of a letdown during his junior season due to a lingering hamstring injury, he is likely to bounce back as a senior which will leave plenty of college coaches giving it their all to land his services.

"I'm not really thinking about it," Lewis said of recruiting. "I'm still open-minded and considering everyone. I think I'm going to wait it out until signing day and just surprise everyone."

While Lewis would prefer to worry about recruiting during the fall of this year, it has been nearly impossible as some college coaches have already made their presence known.

"Some coaches came over last week but I only talked to them on the phone since they can't talk to me at school," Lewis informed. "I saw coaches from Arkansas, Memphis, LSU, and Tulsa. The Arkansas coach was talking to my school's Athletic Director and he gave him a card to give to me. The Memphis coach said he knows I probably wouldn't be interested, but he wanted to let me know a lot of people are looking at me and that kind of gave me some

"The Tulsa coach didn't say too much and they only check on me once in a while, but Coach Frank (Wilson) was out here last week and I check in with LSU all of the time," Lewis added. "We talked about all of the commitments LSU was bringing in this year as well as the ones that already committed in my class. I like Coach Frank. He seems like a good person and was well-rounded."

According to Lewis, the LSU staff is not the only people persuading him to join the Tigers.

"A lot of people around here have been telling me I should go to LSU," said Lewis, who already holds offers from the Tigers and Tulsa. "And actually I was just talking to my family about it. They said they will have my back no matter where I decide to go. Everybody calls me a mama's boy because I am and they think my mom would be sick without me, but she said she's behind my decision 100 percent. So a lot of people will have their opinion on where I should go, but in the end it's mine that counts."

Although Lewis claimed to be open-minded at this point in his recruitment, he did offer the teams he liked most during his childhood days. Those two teams might even end up being the two heavyweights fighting for his signature.

"I liked Ohio State," Lewis stated. "I don't know why, but I've been liking them ever since I was a kid. I don't know much about their program, but I have watched a bunch of their games and that is a team I'd like to get an offer from.

"Over the years I've also been liking LSU," Lewis continued. "There are some people I played with in elementary school that are on the team now that I still talk to like Deangelo Peterson and then my cousin is Stefoin Francois. I haven't been to a game yet, but through them I know LSU is a good place to be around because there are good things to do outside of football. LSU has it all education-wise and football and it would be tough to beat as far as
what other schools can offer."

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