Junior to Watch: Whitney Lewis
School: Ventura-St. Bonaventure (CA)
Size and Speed: Whitney stands 6-1, weighs 215 and runs the 40 in 4.3
Statistics: Played wide receiver as a junior because the starting running back was blue chipper Lorenzo Booker. Still Whitney made quite a name for himself, catching 47 passes for 901 yards, while averaging 19.2 yards per catch and scored 11 touchdowns.
Honors: All-CIF, All-League, All-County and All-Area.
Favorite Schools: No favorites yet according to his coach, but Whitney seems to be the favorite of many of the nation’s top programs.
The Skinny: How good is Whitney? The first call that St. Bonny head coach John Mack received the day after LOI day was from none other than Tennessee head coach Phil Fulmer. Fulmer told Mack, “Tennessee wants to be the first in line to recruit him.”
That’s not all.
Whitney received a Fed Ex package from the Colorado Buffaloes and within the contents was a full scholarship offer for the talented St. Bonny athlete. Coach Mack also told Rivals that USC and UCLA have offered unofficially. That means the offer is verbal and not in writing. Don’t worry Trojan and Bruin fans – that written offer should be in the mail any day, with many more!
Why all the early fuss? Lewis may be the top prospect in the Golden State this season. Whitney has the work ethic that separates the good players from the great ones. He has just about moved into the weight room this off-season. Lewis is still very young and just turning 16; he is just beginning to fill out.
Lewis will be St. Bonny’s marquee player this season and will play primarily at running back, but he will also line up at tight end and wide receiver.
Whitney’s versatility isn’t lost on the schools recruiting him. The Vols and Trojans like him at wide receiver, the Bruins feel that the running back position will be his best spot in the future, while Colorado, Washington, Washington State and San Diego State are recruiting him as an athlete.
Another thing colleges like about the talented Mr. Lewis is his competitive nature. Keep an eye on this one, we will.