Xavier Lewis, a 4-star cornerback prospect in the class of 2015, announced his commitment to the LSU Tigers at The Opening.
Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman provided the news from Lewis:
No shocker.. Four-star CB Xavier Lewis picks #LSU, staying in-state.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) July 9, 2014
Lewis previously agreed to play for LSU, but he rescinded that commitment in February to look over his options again. He held offers from Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Florida, among others, but ultimately made his decision to play with the Tigers.
After committing initially, Lewis spoke about why he wanted to play for LSU, per James Smith of The Times-Picayune:
Coach Miles got on the phone and I told him I wanted to be a Tiger. He said that was awesome and that they were just talking about it. Afterwards, Nick (Brossette) told me that he (Les Miles) was so excited after I told him. He said that he turned his hat to the side and everything.
As a quarterback at East St. John High School in Reserve, Louisiana, Lewis was a star on both sides of the ball. His athleticism shone through offensively, but it was ultimately plays like this that made him one of the most coveted defensive backs in the class:
James Smith provided analysis on the corner prospect:
Lewis measured in at 5-foot-11 during a visit to Florida State this spring and 6-foot at LSU later in the summer. He has a great skill set that is matched by his competitive nature and aggressive approach. There aren't many flaws to his game and his relationship with a lot of the 2015 prospects from around the state that he developed during the 7-on-7 all-star circuit could help LSU with other prospects in the class.
Ranked as the No. 18 corner in the 2015 class according to 247Sports' composite rankings, Lewis joins what appears to be another good class for LSU
Along with Lewis, the Tigers already have 5-star talent Kevin Toliver II, completing one of the best defensive back tandems in the class. With Toliver as the No. 1 corner and Lewis' athleticism, LSU might have its secondary of the future set for the coming years.
While they will have to wait another season before Lewis joins the team, he can be an immediate difference-maker when he arrives. His hard-hitting mentality and ball-hawking skills will translate well in the SEC.
For a program looking to regain its footing in the conference in the coming seasons, Lewis has the ability to create more offensive opportunities for LSU. Regardless of where he plays during his freshman season, expect Lewis to make a splash in the Tigers recruiting class.
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