Western Exposure for JeanLewis of Cerritos

Coming out of Palm Beach Gardens High School in Florida, current Cerritos OL Mark JeanLewis (6-3, 325) didn't have a lot of options about where he could play college football. It wasn't because he didn't have the size, strength and skill though.

An injury halted his senior season mid-stream and he didn't get the attention he was hoping to get.

"I got hurt and all the schools that were recruiting me just stopped," JeanLewis told JCFootball.com.  "I had some offers from some Division two schools, but I wasn't really excited about them so I decided to come out here to Cerritos to see if I could do better.

"My uncle (Reuben Johnson) came out here in the early 90's and played and then he transferred to San Jose State after he got his degree and I'm kinda hoping to follow in his footsteps."

Jean-Lewis is big and strong, benching 405 and squatting 420.  He's also surprisingly agile for his size, running a 5.3 forty.

"My strengths as a lineman are that I'm pretty good at both run-blocking and pass-blocking," JeanLewis said.  "I love to pancake people and my footwork is pretty good too.

"Pancaking a defender is the best because it's just utter-domination of that player.  I love getting those and letting them know it's going to be like that all day."

On the recruiting front, JeanLewis doesn't claim any offers, but he's hearing from four schools right now.

"Ole Miss, Cal and Oregon State have been contacting me the most," Jean-Lewis said.  "South Florida has also made some contact and because I'm from that area I'm looking at them too."

JeanLewis was a full-qualifier out of high school and plans to graduate in December so he can play spring football at the next level.

"I'll have three years to play two wherever I go, so getting some playing time early is important," JeanLewis said.  "I want to major in Law and minor in Political Science so having a good program in my major is important too."

We'll have more from Jean-Lewis as his season gets under way.


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