Irish impress 5-star receiver

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. - Joseph Lewis left the West Coast last week for a 7-on-7 tournament, plus visits to Notre Dame and Northwestern. The Irish backed up their offer to the five-star receiver in the Class of 2017 while showing off their program.

Notre Dame gave Joseph Lewis some clarity during a campus visit.

Lewis, a five-star wide receiver in the Class of 2017, got word of a scholarship offer from the Irish staff awhile back. But last week when Lewis followed up with a trip to South Bend as part of the B2GSports contingent in the area for a 7-on-7 tournament, Notre Dame reinforced its strong interest.

“My coaches said I had the offer before and when we visited they just made it more clear,” said Lewis, a product of Augustus Hawkins High School in Los Angeles.

Arizona State, Baylor, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washington State are some other scholarship offers on the board.

Lewis has visited local schools UCLA and USC multiple times but it was a first look at Notre Dame and then Northwestern with his B2GSports team.

Irish coaches made sure to highlight some campus landmarks.

“It was nice like how many championships they’ve won and seeing new faces,” Lewis said. “I liked the Golden Dome.”

Lewis has watched Notre Dame some on television, in particular when it plays USC. Coaches delivered a message about their approach on the field and in practice during the visit.

“Just have a positive mindset and go hard every play,” Lewis said. “I’ve watched some of their games but not all of them. I like how they run their offense.”

Right now Lewis remains “open” to all programs with some on the West Coast working to gain more traction. UCLA and USC are pitted against each other for the 6-foot-2, 196-pound prospect as part of a Los Angeles rivalry trickling over to the recruiting trail.

Both have hosted Lewis multiple times.

“It’s intense,” he said. “I like both those programs. The similarities is like how they run their offense. They run tempo and stuff and I can relate to that because my high school runs tempo. The differences, I don’t think they have any.”

There’s no plan to cut things down, although Lewis and his family have some important factors in mind already.

“We’re looking at the football players graduation percentage rate and just like academics and stuff like that,” Lewis said. Top Stories