Commitment Analysis: Jaason Lewis

We look at the commitment of the big, versatile athlete from Virginia, Jaason Lewis, what type of prospect he is and how it might impact UCLA...

Prospect: Jaason Lewis
School:
Virginia Beach (Virg.) Ocean Lakes
Ranking: , #22 WR, #178 Nationally (2015)
Height Weight: 6'3", 235
Other Programs Offered: Michigan, Ohio State, Tennesee, Florida, Penn State, Wisconsin, others.

Recruitment:
The 6-foot-3, 234-pound Lewis comes from one of the top programs on the East Coast. Lewis started getting recruited as a freshman and ultimately became one of the most sought-after prospects in Virginia's 2015 class. Lewis had scholarship offers from across the country, but committed to UCLA over finalists Florida and Tennessee. He wanted to get his recruitment over early, and took unofficial visits, the most recent being to UCLA last weekend. The word, however, on the east coast is that Lewis could be a recruit who changes his mind between now and next February, so the Bruins will have some work ahead of them keeping him committed.

Evaluation On Film: Lewis is a big, physical prospect, who is very versatile. In high school, he has lined up at running back, wide receiver, linebacker and safety.

The Ocean Lakes star, who is being recruited to play running back for the Bruins, is a one-cut runner with good speed. He is more effective as a downhill runner, but shows the ability to bounce the play outside.


Another dimension Lewis will give UCLA is his ability to catch the football. Whether he is lined up in the backfield or put in motion, Lewis will create match-up problems for his opponent. He is too fast for most linebackers and too big for most defensive backs to cover.


One concern is that he has not played much running back in his high school career, so there will be a learning curve when he gets to college. However, Lewis has all the physical tools needed to be a big-time college football player.

How Does He Fit: It's the biggest uncertainty. UCLA, as of right now, intends to use him as a change-of-pace running back and it will be interesting to see if he can fulfill that role. He's a big kid already, in the middle of his junior season, and usually bodies only get bigger. If he's 6-3ish and 235-ish now, by the time he's ready to play in college, how big will he be? He very well could end up a Y or a linebacker. In fact, coming in as a running back put possibly being a Y or a linebacker sounds strikingly like a recent player at UCLA by the name of Anthony Barr. We won't go as far as to say he's the second-coming of Barr, but there are similarities in size, straight-ahead speed and how he could fit at UCLA. Bottom line: You can always use a 6-3, 240-pound athlete that potentially could end up at a variety of positions.

Recruiting Impact: UCLA has limited scholarships in 2015, so it's interesting that they'd take a commitment from Lewis this early. It's probably a case that, like we said, you take any 6-3, 240-pound athlete with this much upside early, and if he then ends up elsewhere he ends up elsewhere. Lewis wanted to commit so there is probably more upside than downside to taking the commitment now. His commitment won't impact wide receiver or running back recruiting. Plus, the fact that Bruins were able to secure a commitment from one of the top players in Southeastern Virginia is also important in a sense that it could lead to more players following him to the West Coast. The area is loaded with talent every year and while UCLA does not normally recruit the region hard, most of the top prospects in the Tidewater area are very close, and this could lead to others seriously considering UCLA.


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