2021 WR Christian Lewis Set To Visit Notre Dame
One of Notre Dame’s biggest assets so far during the 2019 season and during much of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly’s tenure in South Bend would be tall wide receivers.
At 6-3 and 185 pounds Pleasant Grove (Ala.) High School wideout Christian Lewis could be another possibility, as he’s lined up to trek to South Bend.
The junior receiver is set to visit Notre Dame on Nov. 2 when the Irish take on Virginia Tech. It’s the all-around package at Notre Dame that has Lewis intrigued.
“Seems like good school to attend to get my education, which comes first,” Lewis explained. “Then the success of the football team over the years.”
Lewis has already earned offers from Nebraska, Iowa, Kentucky, West Virginia and Georgia Tech, and he’s recently visited both Alabama and Mississippi State.
That’s just the beginning, as Lewis is doing his due diligence by taking unofficial visits to programs like Tennessee, Auburn, Kentucky, Troy, UAB and Memphis. A current teammate, Rodney Groce, is already committed to Nebraska, another school that Lewis would like to visit.
Lewis is reportedly a 3.4 student and has expressed interest in majoring in sports medicine in college.
First off, he has those spider-like long arms. First play from his junior highlights is a fantastic catch diving into the end zone. Length and effort scored that touchdown, no doubt. Three other traits caught my attention about Lewis.
Physicality. Lewis will make plays in traffic via short hitch routes, battling with defensive backs during contested catches, and churning his legs in the pile to gain extra yardage. Many young wide receivers shy away from contact. Lewis fights for more yards. Next, the big play.
Down field ‘shot plays’ rule the day in college football and the NFL. Teams that want to win will most likely be connecting on plays over the top. Lewis is the kind of kid that receives lob passes for dunks. He has some hop, and it’s blatantly obvious on his film. He routinely jumped over defenders to make catches. Lastly, he surprised me with his make-you-miss ability.
Long legs often mean less quick-twitch movements. Lewis still has that knack for making guys miss. It’s a great sign that he consistently makes defenders miss to gain yards. When a big receiver can do that, quarterbacks love to throw them the football. Overall, Lewis is a prospect I like quite a bit.
He’s not a burner, but he provides a vast upside as a “W” or “X” receiver for the Irish. For any program really, Lewis could be a big-play threat. He’s too tall for most cornerbacks during jump ball situations, and he’s physical. I have no idea if and when the Irish will offer Lewis a scholarship, but he’s definitely a kid worth keeping an eye on. I expect Lewis to receive several more offers by the end of the year.