Quick Analysis Series: Jourdan Lewis

Jourdan Lewis is a big part of the recruiting class that Michigan has coming into Ann Arbor this year. He is an extremely fun player to watch, and about as exciting as they come as far as making big plays in the game, such as punt and kick returns go. In the highlight tape I’ve watched from him, he will try and hit the homerun every time he has the football in his hands, and that could lead to more and more chances to bring one back for a touchdown. He possesses the speed necessary for a big returner and a cover corner, which is something I would love to see him eventually develop into, especially if he can line up across from Blake Countess. The two of them could become shut down corners, and eventually be one of the most feared tadems in the country, and possibly the best in their conference.

Lewis reminds me a lot of Dennis Norfleet in the return game, and having the two of them back deep on returns will surely be something you would want to tune into. He is extremely dynamic in terms of being a pure playmaker. If he eliminates the “dancing” he does during the returns, he could possibly develop into a returner like a Sammy Watkins out of Clemson, or dare I say, Michigan legend, Desmond Howard. It is a lot to live up to for Lewis, but for some reason, when I watch the film, I think he can live up to these high expectations. Lewis will learn a lot from Norfleet, especially now that UM is flirting with the idea of making Norfleet a defensive back, this means that Lewis and Norfleet will be together a lot, and will be able to pick each other’s brains. The combination of Norfleet and Lewis should have everyone from the Michigan fan base buzzing, as well as the coaching staff.

Lewis has the kind of speed that will allow him to see playing time early in his freshman year if he isn’t redshirted. Whether it be in the return game, or playing in some nickel packages, he will see the field. Lewis is exactly the right size for a corner about to play in the Big Ten, 5’10 and weighs around 160 pounds, but he plays a lot bigger than he measures up as. I’ve noticed on film that he possesses the strength to take the football away from receivers, which will be great if he can pick the ball off and have a chance to have a return. Lewis is going to be tought by Mattison, which is a huge advantage for him, mainly because he’s dealt with players in the NFL already, and will understand how to turn Lewis into a real good cornerback for years to come.

Overall, Lewis’s best football is ahead of him, which is good news for Michigan fans. If Mattison can develop the recruits that are brought in, Lewis being one of the biggest, we may have to forget about the Alabama being a powerhouse, and start to focus our attention on the Maize and Blue. Lewis will be a wonderful asset to Michigan’s team, and watching him play, it makes me feel nothing but positivity for the future in Ann Arbor.

I feel as if we’ve been 3 for 3 out of the recruits I’ve studied so fan and that means nothing but good news for UM, and us as fans should be ecstatic over what the future holds for this team. Go Bue!


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