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CU football: Drew Lewis ‘excited’ for chance with Buffs


Coming out of high school two years ago, Drew Lewis never envisioned himself wearing a Colorado uniform.

He actually pictured himself trying to beat the Buffaloes.

Life took a different turn for Lewis, however, and on Wednesday, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker from Sammamish, Wash., is planning to sign a letter of intent to continue his football career in Boulder.

“I’m really excited,” said Lewis, who picked CU over Memphis and Utah State. “It was definitely a good decision.”

Lewis graduated from Eastlake (Wash.) High School in 2014 and signed with Washington. He redshirted in 2014, but last July, he was dismissed for a violation of team rules.

Shortly after that dismissal, he landed at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.

“I feel that I’ve really matured going through this process and it put me back in my place and I realized that I can’t make mistakes,” Lewis said. “I have to hold myself accountable for (mistakes).”

Lewis, who missed five games early this past season with a broken thumb, said that through the recruiting process, CU coaches brought up the incident that led to his departure from Washington. Lewis felt the Buffs’ coaches were able to see he’s grown from that mistake.

“The trust is definitely there,” said Lewis, who has three years of eligibility remaining.

Now, he’s working hard to get himself ready for Boulder. Lewis has 23 credit hours this semester at Coffeyville, and he plans to move to Boulder in June.

“I could really see myself going to (Colorado) and fitting into the program, and they offer a great educational program,” he said.


CU is still trying to lure Lewis’ Coffeyville teammate, receiver Juwann Winfree, to Boulder. Committed to Pittsburgh, Winfree told in a text on Friday, “I think I will stay solid with my decision.” CU, however, still feels it is very much in the running for Winfree. … Beau Bisharat, a four-star athlete from Carmichael, Calif., finished a visit to CU on Friday. Formerly committed to Stanford, Bisharat told that he had a “great visit, I really enjoyed it.” … Linebackers Pookie Maka and Fua Pututau, teammates from Cottonwood Senior High in Utah, are visiting CU this weekend.

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