Five-star wide out Joseph Lewis has standouts

Southern California's top player was on display Saturday at the King of the I.E. Tournament in Riverside (Calif.).

Los Angeles (Calif.) Augustus Hawkins five-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis is a year wise when it comes to recruiting. 

Coming from a school that many had never heard of proceeding the emergence of Lewis and his Hawkins’ teammates Greg Johnson and Jalen Hall on the seven-on-seven passing circuit, Lewis is now a veteran of the recruiting process. 

“The beginning of the recruiting process was great,” said Lewis. “Now, I'm getting more tired of it. So many coaches are dropping by, but it’s exciting. 

“This is going to be my last year, so I have to put on a show. I feel different this year. I come in knowing I have to be dominant every play. I have to compete even more to prove myself.”

Lewis is rated the nation’s No. 2 wide receiver and the No. 9 player overall in the 2017 class. Lewis was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last week, and with more scholarship offers than he can keep track of, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound five-star is beginning to focus in on his options more closely. 

“I have some out-of-state schools standing out,” said Lewis. “My latest offer came from Maryland, and that stood out. I didn’t even think they would know about me being that far away, so that was a surprise. 

“I think two other schools standing out are Oklahoma and Arizona State. They’re both really recruiting me hard right now. I talk with them about the process, and how they want me to be there. They feel I can make a big impact as well.”

Lewis and his teammates will unofficially visit ASU on Feb. 26. He also plans to see Oklahoma later in the spring. Locally, Lewis is still in frequent contact with USC and UCLA. Although the Trojans have a new coaching staff in place, he remains in contact with the same coach that has recruited him for the Trojans since 2014.

“Tee Martin is still the coach I talk to, but I met their new DB coach [Ronnie Bradford] too,” said Lewis. “He stopped by our school a few weeks ago just to introduce himself to my coaches. They want me to come down and visit them sometimes. 

“I think the last time I was down there was a couple of months ago. I like their offense and how their receivers make a big impact. They have explosive players, so I would like to be a part of that. They’re up to par with some other schools I’m looking at.”

Of course, signing five players capable of playing wide receiver in the 2016 class, Lewis is already looking at the Trojans depth chart. 

“Yeah, that’s a big factor,” said Lewis. “I have to consider that.”

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