It Is What It Is

They eyeball test. Some players hate it. Some players love it. Patrick Lewis definitely knows it exists.

And it's possibly hurting him.

A devastating blocker for East Saint John High in Reserve, La., Patrick Lewis only stands in at 6-foot-1, 290 pounds.

"I guess you can make a big deal out of the height thing, but it is what it is," Lewis said. He plays right tackle, but will move to the interior part of the line on the next level.

"Sometimes I kind of feel that way, because recruiters come in and look you up and down. But a lot of them told me it doesn't really matter."

Two college programs for sure, don't think size is an issue. South Alabama and Louisiana Tech have offered Lewis a scholarship. Several other programs are showing interest, including LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, Purdue, Southern Miss and Tulsa. Those schools have all been in contact or been by the school over the last few weeks.

So has Notre Dame.

"They stopped by the school last week, coach (Mike) Haywood," Lewis began. "He and my head coach, coach (Larry) Dauterive, he showed him my highlight film. Coach Haywood really liked it and was real interested.

"He said he just liked the way I finished blocks. He said that's what they're trying to start up at Notre Dame. They're trying to teach their players how to finish.

"Coach Haywood, he told me he is going to take my film up to the head coach and the o-line coach for Notre Dame. He said he was going to take the tape up to them and that he'd really like me to go to camp up there."

Lewis doesn't know much about Notre Dame.

"That's why I'm trying to go up there," he said. "I'm going to talk it over with coach Dauterive. I still have to make my summer plans. I really would like to get up there."

Lewis and his East Saint John teammates don't play a soft schedule by any means. They played the toughest schedule in the state, lining up against programs like Bastrop and John Curtis High.

On film, Lewis is blocking against great competition.

"I just take pride in what I do, being an offensive lineman," Lewis said. He hasn't maxed out in awhile, but can bench press 350 pounds, and runs the 40-yard dash in 5.2 seconds. "Not that many people want to be an offensive lineman, you just have to have pride in what you do. That means finishing blocks. Just doing your job and trying to dominate."

Lewis knows he won't play tackle in college, and will likely end up at center.

"I work on it everyday," Lewis said of snapping the football. "That and ball handling during team stretch."

In spot time along the defensive line, Lewis contributed 12 tackles, four of those coming for loss including a sack. He also forced two fumbles.

Lewis has a 3.3 core GPA. He has only been able to take visits to LSU and Auburn thus far.

"I'm just looking for a place that is stable. "Program, tradition, academics, and just a friendly environment."

And a spot where size doesn't matter. Top Stories