Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove cornerback Brandon Lewis (5-11, 185), is almost all the way back from a knee injury that robbed him of his junior season.
“I’m at 95% now, and doing single leg broad jumps,” said Lewis. “Speed wise, I’m the second fastest on the team. I can do the drills and everything but scrimmage. My physical therapist and I are playing it safe. I could do it, but he said he wanted me to wait until the fall and it’s 100%.”
Lewis said the mental block has been the hardest to overcome.
“It’s always going to be there, at least until the first game,” said Lewis. “There is still some mental block, but it will go away. I want to help my team as much as I can, and offensively I’m a threat, so I want to help my teammates. But I don’t want to rush it back before it’s not ready.”
Boise State offered Lewis in March and he didn’t take long to jump on the offers.
“I’m so blessed with the Boise State offer, I’m so glad I’m going to Boise State,” said Lewis. “A big thing for me committing early was that they showed the trust in me. Knowing that a school has faith in my ability even after the injury meant a lot.”
Lewis said the success of the Broncos since 2006, when head coach Chris Petersen took over, is something that continues to impress him.
“They’re 84-8 since Coach Pete has been their head coach and that’s even been with them getting cheated by the BCS system,” said Lewis. “Coach (Jimmie) Lake is the best DB coach I’ve talked to. And Coach Pete is the best head coach there is. They have the new facilities and you can’t beat them. I’m solid to them. Completely solid.”
The Broncos have been known during Petersen’s regime for their offense, but Lewis said the defense should be given as much praise.
“Talking to Coach Lake, I didn’t realize they only gave up five passing touchdowns last year,” said Lewis. “That says a lot about Coach Lake and Coach K (defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski). The last seven years, they’ve had six defensive backs go in the draft so that was a big impact too. If you go there and perform and do what you can, you have a good chance to go to the league.”
At 185, Lewis said he wants to stay the same for when the season starts.
“After surgery, I lost 25 pounds, so I’ve put on 30 to get back and that was the hardest thing to do was to add weight. I want to maintain at 185 so I can keep my speed and I don’t want to get too big and be a 200-pound corner at my height.”
Academically, Lewis is carrying a 4.1 with two AP classes and plans to take AP classes again next fall.
He’s also doing work on the recruiting trail.
“I’ve connected with some guys on Twitter, like Jalen Greene and I’m talking with Squally Canada and trying to get him on board,” said Lewis. “It’s funny cause no schools knew about Squally and then he gets an offer from Boise and all these schools start to offer him. Schools always seem to do that.”