Utah picked up an important piece to their 2017 recruiting class puzzle earlier in the week, as Riverside Community College cornerback Tareke Lewis announced his verbal commitment to play for the Utes. With all four of the Utes’ corner backs graduating after the 2016 season, adding depth and experience at that position was extremely vital for Kyle Whittingham and his staff.
Lewis took an official visit to Utah earlier in the season when the Utes played the Arizona Wildcats, and the visit made a lasting impression on Lewis. So much so, that he decided to commit to the Utes a couple months later. “I felt in my heart and mind that it was the right thing do,” said Lewis about his commitment. “The coaching staff loves me and they’re always checking up on me. When I visited I just felt like it was the place for me.”
Lewis attributed a big part of his commitment towards the relationship he has with corner backs coach Sharrief Shah. “Our relationship is great. Real close,” Lewis said about Shah. Coach Shah has quickly turned in to a very valuable recruiter for the Utes’, as he’s able to establish great relationships with players, especially with those that hail from California, which is where he grew up himself before coming to play for the University of Utah.
Lewis grew up in Palatka, Florida, but spent the past two seasons playing corner back for Riverside Community College in California, where he has flourished as a shutdown corner, playing in a man-to-man heavy defensive scheme, much like Utah runs. Lewis has good size and speed for the position (6’0-180lbs), which has been an important thing the Utah coaching staff has looked for, as they want to get longer and faster at the position. Lewis thinks he brings exactly that to the table. “My ball skills, man to man coverage, quickness and reaction are my strengths on the field.”
Lewis let the coaching staff know about his commitment on Monday, but still plans on taking official visits to Maryland and Cal in January, though it’ll be tough for those programs to sway him away from Utah. “I’m locked in with Utah. I look forward to getting back on the field and grinding up there. I’m going to be one of the best DB’s in the game.”
Lewis will join the Utes in the summer of 2017, with 3 years to play 2.