Defensive backs coach Todd Lyght talked with Lewis, a four-star safety from Monroe, La., about opportunities on the field and extended a scholarship offer. Lewis went from disinterested to hoping a visit can come together this summer.
“I wasn’t really into their program,” Lewis said. “I hadn’t done too much research. Because they offered me now I started learning more about the school. Me and the coaches communicate. We have a good relationship. I plan on visiting this summer.”
Lyght made sure to impress upon Lewis the potential to rise up the depth chart quickly in South Bend.
“He’s just telling me I could have a good chance of playing early there,” Lewis said. “It’s a good school that needs more explosive players.”
Other offers on the table for Lewis include Arizona State, Colorado State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi State, TCU and Texas A&M, among others. Alabama, Auburn and Oklahoma have been expressing interest.
Lewis might intend to visit programs farther from home like Notre Dame and Michigan during the summer but those closer can expect to play host sooner.
Right now Lewis plans on “staying open” as more scholarship offers materialize and he does more research.
“I plan on visiting some more schools in the spring but I’m not sure what dates,” Lewis said. “This spring there’s some schools that are closer around like Texas A&M, Georgia, schools I can get to in less than four or five hours. Schools like that.”
Distance is something the 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect doesn’t plan to let factor into the equation.
“If it’s the right fit I’ll go anywhere,” Lewis said. “I don’t care how far it is. I’m just trying to go somewhere that fits me.”