PLEASANT GROVEâ€”Nick Saban added another commit to his 2008 recruiting class this week with the verbal pledge of Pleasant Grove Spartan Brandon Lewis. Lewis possess many skills that will help him get to the next level of football, his coaches said Tuesday.
â€œHe has a great work ethic. He has a good motor, and he is extremely coachable,â€ said Spartan defensive coordinator Greg Appling. â€œHe is a bright kid.â€
Lewis played defensive end in 2006 (the junior season). The Spartans feature a 4-4 defensive set and Lewis provided pressure from the outside. His efforts netted 85 tackles and 12 sacks.
â€œHe moved to defense because we needed help at the strong side defensive end position,â€ Appling said.
Prior to the junior season move to primarily defense, Lewis played primiarly offense in his sophomore year (10th grade season.) His sophomore season Lewis saw defensive snaps only in long yardage situations to provided additional defensive pressure, but with the team needing help on defense, Lewis made the move.
Defense is also where the Spartan coaching staff thought Lewis would have the best chance of playing college ball. And it looks to have paid off for both the Spartans and Lewis.
Lewis is a very agile person for someone of his size. And that athleticism was what caught Alabamaâ€™s eye.
â€œHe moves around really well for a big guy,â€ Appling said. â€œHe is good with his feet, and that was what Coach Saban liked about himâ€”his athleticism.â€
Lewis is a life-long Alabama fan with a great family background.
â€œHe is the kind of kid you would want to have as your own,â€ Appling said. â€œHis mom and dad did a great job with him.â€
â€¨Works hard in practice
â€¨Use of hands
â€¨Learning to read more
STATS:â€¨6â€™3â€ 250-pounds 4.7 speed