Five-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis put on another impressive display of his talents this weekend at the B2G National Legends 7-on-7 tournament. Playing on a loaded B2G team that includes his highly touted Los Angeles (Calif.) Augustus Hawkins teammates Greg Johnson and Jalen Hall, Lewis stood out.
He created separation with his routes, enabling him to make easy catches, but also showed a wide catch radius, snagging balls away from his body as if they were thrown right at his chest. Lewis also had one of the catches of the day on Saturday when he went up and made a 35+ yard jump ball grab with a defensive back draped all over him on the final play of the matchup.
Because of the collection of talent on his squad even Lewis sees time on the sideline, which he said makes the players work harder.
“It’s very fun, but then again it’s real competitive. We all came to play.”
The No. 9 player in the 2017 class and the nation’s No. 2 receiver, Lewis has been hearing from schools and coaches all over the country. He’s received offers from far and wide as well as super near…as in right down Hoover street with the USC campus being less than three miles away from Hawkins High.
“It’s like our backyard. It’s right down the street,” Lewis said.
That is something that definitely is a plus for the Trojans in recruiting Lewis.
“It would be a good place to play. I’m interested because they are local and stuff,” Lewis said before giving an example of the comforts playing near home provide. “If anything doesn’t work out, I have a local school. If something would happen family-wise or whatever I’m right there to support my family, so it would be good.”
Lewis and a handful of his Hawkins teammates took an unofficial visit to USC last week where they got an opportunity to meet with the coaching staff, including head coach Clay Helton and offensive coordinator Tee Martin.
“Coach Tee Martin and Coach Helton, they were just talking to me about how much they need me and stuff like that and how if I want to come down, just come down with no hesitation.”
“We had a good time talking to all the coaches. They said that we could come down any time that we want to. It was a good experience.”
USC has a strong lineage of wide receiver success recently with the Trojans producing an All-American wideout in four of the last five seasons. The latest, JuJu Smith-Schuster, could leave early for the NFL draft after the 2016 season before Lewis will attend college.
Though he is a long way away from making a college decision and plans to go through the process to see what all options he will have, Lewis said he could see himself being the next great Trojan pass catcher, continuing the legacy set by Robert Woods and Marqise Lee before Nelson Agholor passed the torch to Smith-Schuster.
“It means a lot,” Lewis said of USC’s recent accolades at the position. “Some programs don’t even pass the ball and stuff like that. I like the way that they run their offense and I feel like I could relate to it.”