Following the recent decommitment of talented cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau, the Texas Longhorns moved quickly to land a Thursday commitment from New Orleans (La.) Warren Easton product Ronald Lewis.
The recruitment of Lewis, who goes by Champ, ostensibly moved quickly — Lewis took an official visit to Colorado in early June and pledged to the Buffs several days later, but received his offer from the Longhorns on Wednesday, promptly opened his recruitment, and closed it again a day later.
For the Texas staff, the evaluation process lasted longer than that, as the 6’1, 170-pounder impressed head coach Steve Sarkisian at a camp in June. So when need at the position increased with Guilbeau’s decision, the staff escalated its recruitment of Lewis.
One of the top hurdlers in Louisiana, Lewis has ideal size and length to play cornerback and the versatility to project at that position or at safety, much like recent pledge Austin Jordan. In fact, Lewis plays some safety for Warren Easton and has a knack for reading the eyes of opposing quarterbacks and then breaking on the football to make plays. Serving in that role, Lewis flashes real playmaking ability.
Ranked as the No. 862 player nationally, Lewis is the No. 69 cornerback nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s the 17th pledge in a class that ranks No. 10 nationally and No. 2 in the Big 12.