Jourdan Lewis sat in Cass Tech's arena Monday, taking in the scene as his senior teammate, four-star linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone, was presented his jersey for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Cass Tech has had a string of top prospects over the last decade, four of which have gone on to play in the U.S. Army Bowl... Jenkins-Stone will be the fifth. The cornerback position has been one of particular strength for the program, with three prospects signing with BCS Conference schools in a four-year stretch, and another - Michigan commitment Terry Richardson - set to do so in February.
The 5-11, 170-pound Lewis appears a strong candidate to continue that tradition. He emerged in the summer when his athleticism was on display at several camps and combines and has carried that momentum into the fall. In seven games, Lewis has totaled 20 tackles, four interceptions and scored seven touchdowns in his junior campaign.
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Lewis plays wide receiver and cornerback for Cass Tech. Several of his touchdowns this fall have come on returns, though, and that is where he sees the biggest improvement in his game over past years.
"It's looking good, especially on punt return and kick return," Lewis said. "Defense is still my strong point right now, though."
Most schools recruiting Lewis see him at the cornerback position in college. He picked up an offer from Toledo this summer after attending their camp, and has continued to draw interest from programs this fall.
"Michigan State likes me," Lewis said. "Michigan talks to me a lot and so does Southern California and Penn State. Iowa seems interested. One of the receivers coaches sent me a note, saying to call him."
Lewis is looking to plan visits to Michigan and Penn State for later this fall. The only school he has visited for a game thus far, however, is Michigan State.
"I went to Michigan State versus Florida Atlantic," Lewis said. "I just liked the atmosphere down there at the game, and the coach seemed really interested in me too."
The assistant coach Lewis knows best at Michigan State is Terry Samuel. The two spoke about the Spartan's plans for recruiting him when Lewis was in East Lansing last month.
"They just want some film of me right now, then they'll go from there," Lewis said.
Watching the Army Bowl presentation for his teammate on Monday further inspired Lewis. Cass Tech has sent a prospect to the Army Bowl five the last six years. If they are to continue that tradition, Lewis may be the most obvious candidate.