Warren Easton cornerback Ronald 'Champ' Lewis makes Colorado commitment
Ronald Lewis had never been to the state of Colorado before this past weekend, but when the Warren Easton cornerback arrived Friday at the University of Colorado for an official recruiting visit, he saw a familiar face: Former Easton running back Ashaad Clayton would be his tour guide for the three-day stay. By Monday, Lewis felt ready to make a public declaration about his college plans — that he would choose Colorado ahead of 17 other schools that extended scholarship offers, he said. In a Twitter message posted Monday, Lewis declared himself “110% Committed” to the Pac-12 Conference school. The commitment had Lewis unsure about his planned visits to Oregon State and Purdue in the coming weeks, he said in a phone interview Monday. He also had a potential visit with West Virginia in the works. Certainly, things can change between now and the December signing period, the earliest a senior can make his commitment official. But at this moment, Colorado is his preferred destination. Having Clayton as his tour guide helped. “He was like a big brother for me,” Lewis said about Clayton, a running back who scored two touchdowns as a Colorado freshman in 2020. “My freshman year was his junior year. I got a chance to play with him for two years. Both of those years we played for a state championship.” The 247Sports Composite lists the three-star-rated Lewis as the No. 39 player in Louisiana for the 2022 signing class, putting him fifth among cornerbacks. Nicknamed “Champ” by his father in homage to former NFL cornerback Champ Bailey, Lewis is sure to be a leading player on an Easton defense that expects to have nine starters back from a team that reached the Class 4A state semifinal round last season. Lewis had eight interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. The Easton defense had a stretch of five games with one touchdown allowed last season. After the season, Lewis received his first scholarship offers Jan. 11 — three in one day — from Tulane, Virginia and Southeastern Louisiana, he said. Colorado offered March 5. Lewis will not be the only Easton payer to decide between major college scholarship offers. Four-star-rated senior defense tackle Shone Washington is a former LSU commitment who could yet re-up his commitment there. Junior linebacker Jirrea Johnson and sophomore cornerback Wallace Foster are among other standouts.