ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan All-American junior cornerback Jourdan Lewis confirmed today that he will not declare early for the 2016 NFL Draft, and will be coming back for his senior season at Michigan.
“I said on Twitter (last month), but I keep reinstating that I’m coming back,” said Lewis when asked about his decision if he would declare pro after this junior season or not.
Why does he want he want to come back? Well, because getting his Michigan education matter, he says.
“My education,” Lewis said. “I haven’t graduated yet.”
And he said it was his decision alone.
“It was my decision, I wanted my degree,” said Lewis who wants to focus on marketing in his post football career. “No matter what happens, that was always the plan no matter if I was one of the top guys in the (NFL) Draft or not.”
Adding: “Cause football isn’t going to last forever, my education will. I think that’s the best move for me. Honestly, I thought ‘Why not? It’s free education.’”
Now that he has made his decision known, Lewis says the pressure to go pro still hasn’t cooled off.
“Now it’s more people like, ‘Are you sure? You sure?’ Making sure my mind is made up,” Lewis said. “But like I tell you, I am 100 percent coming back.”
Through 12 games this season, Lewis recorded 49 tackles, set a new U-M record with 19 pass break ups to go along with his two interceptions, including one interception return that he returned for touchdown. He was also named All-Big Ten first-team defense (media, coaches) for his play.
And despite all of his success, he says he still hasn’t looked into his NFL Draft grade.
“It would be nice to know,” Lewis said of his NFL grade, “But I am coming back no matter what.”
Lewis says he hasn’t looked into a insurance policy in case of injury as of yet.