Jaason Lewis, a 5* athlete from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, VA gave a verbal commitment to Coach Jim Mora and staff today.
Lewis currently has 22 offers which includes places like Florida State and tOSU but had narrowed his choices to UCLA, Tennessee, and Florida. H/T to Bru88 for the fanshot yesterday discussing Lewis's unofficial visit this past weekend. Lewis has a 5* ranking from 247 Sports and 4* from both Rivals and Scout. You can see a video interview from Rivals from September here.
The news that Lewis was announcing right after spending the weekend in Westwood had to be encouraging, but today's news had to be welcome all the same. The Bruins will need to work hard to keep his verbal commitment, as NSD for the 2015 class is still 359 days away, but this was a good step in that direction.
One of the concerns about the Bruins 2014 class was the lack of an obvious playmaker on offense, but Lewis may fill that bill for the 2015 class. He is used as a slot receiver and RB in his high school offense, so his combo of size and speed makes him a big play threat. Those attributes will be a great fit for the RB role in the Bruins' offense.
I can't embed the videos, but there is a collection of some of his junior season highlights here at his Hudl page (look for the Oct 15 collection titled Follow me on twitter) that look pretty awesome. Watching these should make you happy. You'll see a guy with great size and impressive speed making plays out of the backfield and at the receiver position, as well as showing some mean blocking skills and making plays as a defensive back.
Taylor Mazzone is credited as Lewis's main recruiter by Rivals. Mazzone is the main recruiter for our 2015 5* TE Commit Alize Jones and he is also the main recruiter for the Bruins' biggest target for 2015, 5* QB Josh Rosen. Hopefully the younger Mazzone is stepping up as a key recruiter for our offense and we will keep an eye on this.
"I was a really good visit," said the 6-foot-2, 233-pound Lewis. "I saw a lot of positive things. I really liked the academic facilities. I talked to the coaching staff about a lot of different things."
This was the first time Lewis had visited the UCLA campus or met with the coaches in person.
"The coaches and I talked about everything," he said. "It was good that I could talk with all of the coaches.
"The campus was just right," Lewis said. "Everything was right there and it will help me with school so that's great. I have one family member out on the west coast."
Distance from home clearly is not an issue with Lewis.
"I want to stick with my commitment," Lewis said. "The only reason it would change is because of a coaching change or something like that."
You got to like a Bruin with 2 A's in his first name. It bodes well for the classroom.
Welcome to Westwood, Jaason!