Could Lewis be Ready?

Alonzo Lewis is one of the state's top wideouts

Though invited, 2011 wide receiver Alonzo Lewis was unable to make it to campus on Saturday for the LSU coaching staff's small gathering with in-state juniors. No matter, the Tigers remain in the driver's seat.

Alonzo Lewis has made no secret of the fact that LSU is the team to beat for his services.

This past weekend, the Tiger staff invited just over 10 Louisiana junior prospects – all of whom had early scholarship offers – to spend a day in Baton Rouge.

The event resulted in the verbal pledge of wide receiver Jarvis Landry, bringing the total number commitments for 2011 to six.

A number of other prospects in attendance said that it would only be a matter of time before their names were added to that list.

Lewis, who spent the week in San Antonio at the Army All-American junior combine and was thus unable to make it back in time for Saturday’s event, said that his commitment is also weighing heavy on his mind.

“I had wanted to wait, but now I am not so sure what I am going to do,” Lewis said. “When Jarvis called me on Sunday night and told me that he had committed, I was pretty shocked. We talked a good bit last summer and he told me that he would wait, so to hear from him that it was all over, it threw me off.

“I told Jarvis congratulations and that I might be joining him soon, and he was happy to hear it,” he added. “Jarvis stressed that the coaching staff wants to make LSU a school that starts with players at home, and I like that. This Louisiana class has a chance to do really big things.”

Being recruited to LSU by wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales, Lewis said that with Landry already on board he expects that the staff will now put the full-court press on.

“Coach G told me the first time that we talked that he wanted me and other in-state guys like Jarvis [Landry] and Bradley [Sylve] to stay home,” he said. “He convinced Jarvis, so I expect he will start pressing me harder now.”

After being sidelined with a strained hamstring for much of 2009, Lewis picked up college scholarship offers from LSU and Tulsa.

“I will be down for Junior Day, so maybe something will happen then,” Lewis said. 

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