GJ’s Lewis makes Drake his pick
When Grand Junction coach Robbie Owens saw Austin Lewis playing in the eighth grade Mesa County Junior Football Association Super Bowl five years ago, he knew he had something special when it came time for Lewis to play for the Tigers.
He spent two years behind all-state running back Jerreon Dennis, then got his chance to shine as a junior last fall.
Amidst a standout senior season, Lewis committed Thursday to play football at NCAA Division I Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
“He’s always been such an academically focused guy, and he was thinking about academics through the whole process,” Owens said. “He checked out all the schools in the conference, and I know he was looking at more than football.
“Their coaching staff loves him, and he’s really their number one guy. So, I think it’s a great opportunity for him and again a great fit.”
Before Grand Junction’s 36-33 win against Montrose on Thursday night, Lewis was fifth in Class 5A with 164.5 yards per game and 7.42 yards per carry.
He finished the Montrose game with 129 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also caught one pass for 25 yards.
Lewis said the Football Championship Subdivision school is a perfect fit for him, and he’s relieved to have the decision made.
“It’s good to have that off my chest,” Lewis said. “I don’t have to worry about impressing coaches, and I know where I’m going to go.”