Colorado has its quarterback for the class of 2020.
On Friday afternoon, Brendon Lewis of Melissa (Texas) High School, announced that he has committed to the Buffaloes.
On Twitter, Lewis thanked his coaches, family and teammates and wrote: “I wouldn’t be the quarterback I am today without all the love and support I’ve received. A big thanks to all of the schools and coaches who have recruited me this past year. With that being said, I am honored and proud to say I am verbally committing to play football at the University of Colorado.”
Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com, Lewis is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound dual threat that was targeted early by CU head coach Mel Tucker and his staff. According to 247Sports.com, Lewis has 14 scholarship offers. He had CU and Missouri as his finalists.
“I really like their coaches,” Lewis told BuffZone.com about his decision to play at CU. “Coach Tuck, he has a great staff with him. The reason I chose them over Mizzou is my opportunity to play early and just start early. I really like the coaches and players, and I love Boulder; it’s beautiful and a nice campus. The education is nice, too. I just feel like it’s the right fit and I can be successful there.
“I feel like it was the right place, so I didn’t want to wait.”
Lewis’ offer list also includes Boston College, Houston, Kansas, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Syracuse, TCU, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt. He has offers from at least one school in every Power 5 conference.
Last season at Melissa, Lewis threw for 2,983 yards and 39 touchdowns and ran for 1,069 yards and 11 touchdowns. He said he has tried to model his game after Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton.
“I’m labeled as a dual threat and I think that’s true,” he said. “I can run and I can extend plays, but I pass first. I pass the ball and run. I don’t just take off and run. I look to throw before I run.”
With senior Steven Montez – who has started the past two years and is projected to start this fall – graduating after next season, CU will have a wide open competition for the starting job in 2020. Currently, CU’s quarterbacks for 2020 are projected to be Sam Noyer (who will be a senior), Tyler Lytle (junior), Blake Stenstrom (sophomore) and Lewis. CU did not have a quarterback in its 2019 class.
Lewis is the third player to commit to CU for 2020, joining Cherry Creek offensive lineman Carson Lee and Madison-Ridgeland (Miss.) Academy safety Joe Perkins. Lewis said at this point he is not sure if he will enroll in January or graduate on time in May of 2020. Regardless, he plans to sign in December and, until then, help the coaching staff recruit top-notch players to Boulder.
“I think that’s a big part of making the team better, so when I commit I can recruit other players and get them on the team, too,” he said.