Johnathan Lewis of Saint Peters Prep committed to Rutgers University in April of 2016. The quarterback adds to a local recruiting class as Rutgers taps into New Jersey talent. The 6-foot-3, 225 pound quarterback certainly turns heads, with a frame that draws heavy comparisons to former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones.
During his time at Saint Peters, the quarterback led his team to two state championship games and a combined record of 16-8 as a starter. This comes while facing some of New Jersey’s top competition in schools like Paramus Catholic, Bergan Catholic, and Don Bosco.
Over his high school career Lewis threw for 3,379 yards, and racked up another 1,516 on the ground. A whopping 992 of those rush yards come from a monster 2016, where he averaged 82.7 rush yards per game. In an extremely efficient 2015, the quarterback was able to reach an impressive touchdown-interception ratio of 19-3.
On film he is a run-first quarterback, but his throws from the pocket show opportunity to grow. His passes are extremely accurate, putting the ball in areas where the defender can not get to it. If accuracy isn’t enough, he can be seen delivering deep balls down the sideline with that same precision. Defenders should expect Lewis to tuck that ball in run often, but must be ready to take down the moving force. Once Lewis takes off, he is shaking wimpy tackles and accelerating past defensive backs.
While veteran Giovanni Rescigno and transfer Kyle Bolin will battle for the starting spot, the freshman will certainly give them reasons to keep looking over their shoulder. Whether he plays or not is up in the air at this point. While at Big Ten Media Day, coach Chris Ash said “anything is possible” for the young quarterback, laying the possibility for anything between a red shirt season to seeing game time his first year.
Over this summer Johnathan Lewis will have time to become accustomed to the playbook and the offense, whether his video game-like abilities will be seen by fans this fall is a different story altogether.
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