Last June, SMU was the first to offer 2018 Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian defensive back Jeremiah Lewis. Now, as Lewis has surpassed 10 offers, the Mustangs still remain a big factor in his recruitment.
“Coach Loepp, he talks to me on a daily basis. We’re still in good contact,” Lewis said. “Them being able to come to me, and me being able to come to them to consistently to talk to them. And it being in Dallas, the hometown and right around the corner. That stuff helps them be in the race.”
The race for his services may be over before long: Lewis told PonyStamede before Sunday’s Under Armour Dallas camp that he has a decision timeline.
“I’ll probably commit around spring ball time, around late April or early May,” Lewis said.
The three-star defensive back has added offers from Boston College, Northwestern and Rice in the last week alone. He said he wants to visit all of them this spring before committing, as well as take another trip to Duke, which was his first Power Five offer. He first visited Duke in February for a junior day, and that made the Blue Devils a contender for his commitment.
“It's such a prestigious school and a nice campus, and (cornerbacks) coach Derek Jones and (running backs coach Re’Quan) Boyette have been staying in contact with me and recruiting me,” Lewis said. “They always ask how I’m doing and ask about my family. So just creating that family-like environment has really helped them right now.”
Since SMU is close to home, Lewis has been there more than any other school so far. He camped there last summer and returned for SMU’s Sept. 17 home win vs. Liberty. He said he wants to get back for a visit at some point this spring.
Lewis told Scout earlier in March that SMU and Duke, which were two of his earliest offers, stood out to him most. One big reason for it was their strong academic reputations. Boston College, Northwestern, SMU and Rice have similar strong academic records, which Lewis said is an important element in his decision.
“One to 10, with 10 being the best, probably a 10,” Lewis said. “Academics is always something you want to know you can fall back on when the game of football is over.”
Lewis said he is thinking of studying electrical engineering or something in a math-related field.
The 5-foot-11, 178-pound Lewis also holds offers from Colorado State, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, Texas State and Tulsa.