After a 43-7 drubbing at the hands of Farmington Hills Harrison in week one, Detroit Cass Tech was not taken seriously as a state title contender, but 14 weeks later they were hoisting the Division 1 trophy, and junior cornerback Jourdan Lewis was a big reason why.
The 5-11, 170-pound Lewis starred at both cornerback and wide receiver for Cass Tech this fall, finishing with 1,200 all-purpose yards, 11 total touchdowns on offense and eight interceptions on defense. In the state title game he caught four passes for 84 yards and a touchdown while garnering six tackles on defense, leading Cass Tech to a 49-13 championship game win.
"We just had to stick to the game plan and keep it simple," Lewis said. "We were going to utilize every weapon we had, man up and just see what happens."
Toledo had an opportunity to see Lewis before his junior season and offered the class of 2013 prospect his first offer of the process this past summer. Other schools have been keeping tabs, but the long playoff run means Lewis has not been able to get his film out to other schools yet. Now that his junior season is complete, Lewis plans to start working on showing coaches what he can do.
"First, I have to get my highlight tape out there," Lewis said. "Then, I am going to the UnderArmour Combine to see how I match up."
Several Midwest schools did have a chance to catch glimpses of Lewis towards the end of the summer and during the course of the fall, and those programs are showing increasing interest.
"I've gotten some letters from Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State," Lewis reported.
Lewis attended games this fall at both Michigan State and Michigan. He was in East Lansing for one of the Spartan's early season non-conference games.
"I was at the Florida Atlantic game and I really liked the atmosphere there," Lewis said. "The coaches treated me nice."
Michigan was the school Lewis grew up following, and he has several former teammates on the Wolverine's roster and two current teammates planning to sign with the school in February.
"Just the tradition of Michigan attracts me at first," Lewis said. "Then, I just liked it there the first time I visited for the junior day."
At this stage of the process, Lewis does not hold any one school above the others on his interest list, and looks forward to finding out more about schools during the process.
"I just like the Big Ten in general," Lewis said. "But I'd like to hear from anyone who is interested."