San Jose State is targetting 6-foot-2 2017 cornerback Chris Lewis of Canoga Park

The Spartans were first to offer Lewis.

Deonte Perry and San Jose State didn’t work out after a signing day switch, but the Spartans are now focused on one of his Canoga Park teammates - cornerback Chris Lewis.

San Jose State was the first school to offer.

“It was right after my last game,” Lewis said. "My coach had told them I was down because we lost, but Coach Donte told me was going to cheer my day up and he offered. It felt like a relief and that all my hard work was paying off and my talent was being recognized.”

Lewis had been introduced to what the program has to offer while on a visit with Perry. The Spartans have stayed in close contact with staff turnover.

“When we went up there, I really thought he was a good fit to replace Tyler Ervin,” Lewis said. “Overall, I liked the discipline. Everybody and everything is just on point. On the DB drills, every DB looked the same and that’s what caught me eye.

“When I went up there the first two times it was with Coach Donte, but now they wanted me to go up and meet the new staff. Even though there was a transition they have been keeping in touch.”

Lewis was high on the Spartans and has visited multiple times, but his recruitment has expanded as of late. He has now added offers from Hawaii, Idaho and New Mexico, as well as interest from Boise State, Colorado, Nevada, USC, Washington and Washington State.

“I’ve got a whole year and I have more offers to gain,” Lewis said. “I’m just enjoying the process and at the right time I’ll pick the right place for me...  I want to pick the best place for me, where I have a chance to go to the NFL and get the degree I want in case I don’t get that far. I want to major in Kinesiology so I can stay connected with football, through personal training or something.

Aside from Perry, Lewis is also close to a 2017 SJSU commit, Kaymen Cureton. Though the likelihood of keeping Cureton in San Jose continues to get slimmer (with an offer from Alabama announced this week), the connection has helped boost Lewis’s interest in San Jose State.

“Me and Kaymen, we go way back, that’s like my brother,” Lewis said. “We played Pop Warner since we were five. When he got that offer, that was big because I thought that was another chance I could play with my brother. I know what we can both do on the field.”

Lewis is a long, athletic cornerback and especially stands out at his 6-foot-2 frame when matching up with receivers. He plays both ways in high school, but prefers to play cornerback.

“I’m long, I’m very versatile,” Lewis said. “I’m aggressive. I have no fear, I don’t fear anyone. I’ll go against anyone.

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