East St. John’s Xavier Lewis committed to LSU … again.
Lewis originally committed to LSU in August 2013 but decommitted in February and decided to reopen his recruitment.
On Tuesday night, he decided to recommit to the Tigers. His announcement was made live on ESPNU while Lewis is in Oregon participating in Nike’s The Opening, a prestigious camp with some of the nation’s top recruits.
“I wanted to ensure that I was making the right decision,” he said. “I only get to do this once.”
His other finalists were Oklahoma State, Texas and Arkansas.
“They are getting a really good player, an excellent person and a great student,” East St. John coach Phillip Banko said.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Lewis is rated a four-star prospect by most recruiting services. He had a long list of offers, including Arizona State, Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulane, UCLA and Washington State.
Lewis is the 13th player in the Class of 2015 to commit to the Tigers. He is expected to play cornerback in college.
At East St. John, he lines up a little bit of everywhere. He plays quarterback, receiver, cornerback, punter, kicker, punt returner and kickoff returner.
“We will line him up everywhere and let the other teams worry about him,” Banko said. “He has had schools offer him as a wide receiver and a quarterback, too. Xavier has all the tools. He has length, strength, explosion and just a moxie for the game.”
Banko said he knew right away that Lewis would be a coveted recruit.
“I could tell when he was 14 years old,” he said. “He had quick feet, great hip, speed and athleticism. And he had a maturity about him that was good.”
Lewis helped East St. John to a 7-5 record and a share of the District 7-5A championship and to the regional round of the Class 5A playoffs.
He can make his commitment official Feb. 4, national signing day.