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Michigan Football Recruiting: Jourdan Lewis — 2013 GBMWolverine Recruiting Class Capsule


Posted at 7:00am — 2/15/2013

Michigan Football Recruiting: Jourdan Lewis — 2013 GBMWolverine Recruiting Class Capsule

Jourdan Lewis was the fourth commitment in the Wolverines 2013 recruiting class. Get up to date on his recruitment and learn more about the long-armed defender with moxie.

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan 2013 Signed Commit Jourdan Lewis.

Height: 5’11
Weight: 172
Number: 1
Current Position: Cornerback / Receiver
Future Position: Cornerback
City/State: Detroit, Michigan
High School: Cass Technical
Head Coach: Thomas Wilcher
Recruiter: Coach Fred Jackson
Official Visit: 12/14/2012
Committed: 2/18/2012
Offer: Toledo
40-Time: 4.5
20 yard Shuttle: 4.34
Vertical: 32″
GPA: 3.2
Class: 2013 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Signed).

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Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Rankings:

10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

Side Note:

Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

His Recruiting Story:

Camps though not a complete or accurate portrayal of a player’s ability (thus the old mantra I’ll take a player in pads); however, it is at camps such as Sound Mind Sound Body that Lewis began to get noticed because of his athletic abilities, and use of his hands in one-on-ones. Michigan staff took notice, and an offer would quickly follow as he continued to light up competition at camps. Jourdan continues the DB pipeline of great secondary performers, and is even lauded as better than predecessors like Cissoko and Richardson.

But this technician earned his own way, on his own merit. He played in multiple roles his senior season and scored TDs in almost every aspect of play – 2 special team punt returns, 6 receiving and 1 rushing, and held down his defensive sector of the field in the second state championship run in a row. A performance that also landed him a spot on the Army All-American Game Squad.

His Commitment Comments:

“They want me to play at Michigan,” Lewis said in an interview with Rivals, “but they’re just telling me to go with my heart and play where I want to go.” Apparently that place was Ann Arbor.

GBMWolverine Commentary:

Jourdan is one of the two Cass Tech players to commit to Michigan on Saturday, February 18th. He is a player very similar to previous Cass Tech corner-backs that have selected Michigan as a college choice.


Jourdan is a great athlete and is super fast. He is one of the talented players that provided Coach Wilcher a great talent base in last year’s championship team. He could play defense or offense at UM and very well could contribute to special teams.


This guy is absolutely fearless on the corner and excels at returns. He moves his feet very well and can be a very hard hitter, especially for his size. Jourdan can out jump taller receivers and is always around the ball. Besides being quick as described above, Jourdan can be very explosive.

Concerns/Needs Work:

At 5’9 taller (yes there are numerous height measurements) Jourdan will need to be even more physical than he currently is. At the next level any corner will be playing against guys who are over 200 pounds, are great athletes, can run 4.4 speed, or all of the above.

As such big wide receivers will always be a challenge. Obviously Jourdan will need to be dedicated in the weight room. Like many high school players with plenty of athleticism, Jourdan will need to play more sound technique at his position. This will come with time, effort, and coaching.

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will likely play his first year. He will probably help out for depth / talent issues, but it would be nice to red-shirt him. Right now with Blake Countess out with injury there is to many things going on right now to determine whether or not he will play as a freshman. He can also help on special teams especially if he doesn’t red-shirt right away. Possibility he could be used as a receiver as well depending on our receiving corps.

Jourdan Lewis reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Terry Richardson — who played Cornerback.

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Final Thoughts:

Jourdan’s biggest asset is his athletic upside. Cass Tech players have provided a good pipeline and Michigan appears very willing to continue the tradition.

We welcome Jourdan Lewis to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Steve Kleintank – SKWDCOP

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