Jake Brown / IrishIllustrated.com

Denbrock courts 5-star receiver

LOVES PARK, Ill. - Joseph Lewis gets another look at Notre Dame today as part of the B2GSports visit. Associate head coach Mike Denbrock has been making sure the Irish are on the five-star receiver’s mind leading up to the trip.

LOVES PARK, Ill. - Five-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis is making the most of his latest trip to the Midwest.

Lewis has been in the area since last week with the B2GSports 7-on-7 club. They visited Michigan on Friday then participated in the IMG 7-on-7 Midwest Regional during the weekend. Today they make a stop at Notre Dame.

“I talk with Michigan like every other day,” Lewis said. “And with Notre Dame, coach (Mike) Denbrock, I’ve called him a few times and stuff. We talk about school and just practice. We started practice and he asked how practice was going and if I learned anything.”

Both programs are on a long list of scholarship offers for the Los Angeles product.

Others include Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Cal, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and Washington.

Denbrock has been no stranger to Augustus Hawkins High School as the Irish have offered not only Lewis but a few of his teammates, notably four-star receiver Jalen Hall (2018) and athlete Marcus Johnson (2018).

“Our relationship is real good,” Lewis said.

Lewis also made a recent campus visit to USC and sees the trips to campus as particularly important. He has a long list of criteria but just feeling out the program in person tops the list.

“It’s everything,” Lewis said. “I see how the (environment) is on campus, if it’s a good vibe and stuff like that.”

Any programs hosting the 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect now are doing so to stay in it over the long haul. Lewis envisions a process that either ends in an announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl or stretches out to National Signing Day.

That means official visits in the fall. Lewis already has some destinations in mind.

“For sure I’m going to see for my officials Nebraska and Arizona,” Lewis said. “The other three I’m evaluating for the rest of the schools.”

Arizona recently scored a commitment from another Augustus Hawkins playmaker — four-star athlete Greg Johnson. Lewis will be looking at coaching staffs but also listening to Johnson, among others, about their respective programs.

“It’s relationship with the coaches and just family,” Lewis said. “My teammate just committed to (Arizona) and he’s talking to me about it every day. The coaches are just like, ‘Come on man. Just come on.’”


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