Safety recruit Cameron Lewis considering summer visit to Notre Dame

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

UPDATE: Lewis committed to LSU on Thursday.

Cameron Lewis wants to make a commitment but doesn’t want to limit his options.

He showed as much this week while announcing plans to make a verbal commitment Thursday, but insisting he will still visit other schools in the summer.

The junior safety prospect will share his commitment in a ceremony at Wossman High School in Monroe, La., on the morning of his 18th birthday. Then he’ll go back to fielding interest from other schools.

"To tell you the truth, I like all the schools,” Lewis said. “I have a lot of offers and I can only choose one.”

Notre Dame became one of those offers last week after a conversation with Irish defensive backs coach Todd Lyght. The odds that Lewis, an athletic 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect, commits to the Irish on Thursday are extremely low, but he wasn’t willing to say which schools were in contention for his impending verbal commitment. He does hope to visit Notre Dame in the summer.

"The school I'm committing to is a nice school,” Lewis said. “It has great coaches. As far as who they recruiting and how they're recruiting, I like how they have it set up for my future. Anything can change from Thursday up until Signing Day. Who knows?”

Most believe LSU will be the school to land Lewis on Thursday. He last visited the Baton Rouge campus in February. He also made a visit to Tulane earlier this month. Texas A&M, TCU and Oklahoma are among the other schools to have extended a scholarship offer to Lewis.

"It's a good school,” Lewis said of LSU. “It's a good program. I like their coaching staff. It's just nice."

Lewis, who plays quarterback and defensive back at Wossman, is being recruited as a safety by most schools. Rivals rates Lewis as a four-star prospect and the No. 19 athlete without a designated position. 247Sports slates him as a three-star recruit and the No. 19 safety in the 2016 class.

“I'm a leader. I have a great attitude. I work hard,” Lewis said. “Everything that's happening, I really deserve it. I'm the type of the player than can play in anybody's program."

The confidence comes from a raised awareness of his skills. He’s trying to break the mold in becoming a highly touted recruit from Wossman. According to the Rivals recruiting database, the last Wossman player to sign with a FBS-level school came in 2006. Linebacker Cardia Jackson didn’t even have to leave the city to sign with the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Lewis will try to carve his own path outside of Monroe. The next step comes with his first verbal commitment Thursday.

“If you can make it out of Wossman High, you really got out of the mud,” Lewis said. “It's really hard.

"I've been going out to camps and getting exposure to show other people that there are ballers at my high school. I'm not the only one that should have a scholarship right now. By me getting all of the exposure, it's drawing attention from colleges and helps schools like Notre Dame recruit better players at my school."

Below are junior highlights of Lewis via Hudl.

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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly leads his team out onto the field before the Notre Dame vs. North Carolina college football game on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)