On Film: Jaelen Lewis lined up at the left tackle spot at Antelope High School, protecting a fellow San Jose State commit in quarterback Montel Aaron. Lewis appears to shine most with his run blocking, however. The duo operated in a pro-style offense that led them to a 12-0 start to their senior season.
SJSU Head Coach Ron Caragher says that Lewis could play any of the five O-Line positions, but Lewis appears to be suited best at the tackle position. He is a long, big body that with the agility to pass block and could also serve as a strong run blocker with a tight end lined up next to him.
Lewis was primarily an offensive lineman, but also added 32 tackles on defense, as well as five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Recruiting Impact: When it came to Lewis’s recruitment, he had committed to Washington State in November. He began reconsidering San Jose State and Fresno State as National Signing Day arrived and picked the Spartans a day before NSD. Both he and three-star quarterback Montel Aaron flipped to SJSU at the last minute, spearheaded by SJSU running backs coach Andrew Rolin’s recruitment.
In the recruiting rankings, Jaelen Lewis is the top offensive lineman in the Spartans’ 2016 class, just ahead Mikey Grandy. Like with several of the other SJSU commits we have spotlighted, Lewis ranks well comparative to other three-star prospects.
In California, Lewis was the top offensive tackle ranked by Scout to sign to a non Power-5 school - outside of one higher ranked recruit who chose to go to Yale. Lewis was the No. 12 tackle in California, followed by Grandy at No. 13.
In the overall West region, Lewis ranks in at No. 21, with only Boise State edging out the Spartans for a higher-ranked recruit in the non-AQ level. He ranks 106th nationally.
Quotable: “We have grown up together since we were really little and we wanted the best for each other,” Montel Aaron said of Lewis. “It was just that the way our recruiting had gone towards the end just wasn’t what we had discussed with our individual coaching staffs which was what made us do what we did and look for a better place football wise, especially playing time wise I would say… It’s always nice to play with a friend throughout the years and into college, but it wasn’t a deciding factor for either of us. But I’m super excited.”
Coach's Comment: "Jaelen is a very athletic offensive lineman. He has the size and ability to play all five O-Line positions. He will start out as an offensive tackle for the Spartans." - SJSU Head Coach Ron Caragher
Final Thought: San Jose State adds three offensive linemen in the 2016 class and Lewis is the highest rated of the bunch and the most FBS-ready to contribute right away. The Spartans were fortunate to land such a promising lineman, and QB as well, in the 11th hour of the recruiting cycle.