May 16, 2009

Tylertown quarterback closing in on offers

Jameon Lewis answers to the name "Tubby."

He can blame that on his mother, who bestowed him with the nickname shortly after he was born a healthy, pudgy baby boy.

Some 18 years later, the moniker has stuck but the baby fat is long gone. And "Tubby" can really run, perhaps all the way to a Southeastern Conference program.

Lewis, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound athlete from Tylertown, Miss., doesn't have any scholarship offers yet, but there are real signs that could change soon. Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi have all made the trip to Tylertown recently, and after reviewing film and watching him live, all three programs are showing serious interest.

"Mississippi State told me that when (assistant coach) Tony Hughes comes back to town, they'll decide if they're going to offer me," Lewis said Wednesday morning. "Ole Miss tells me I'm the right player for their team. (Rebel safeties coach Kim Dameron) said I'm a little bigger than Dexter McCluster. …It seems like we're similar. We're about the same height. He runs the ("Wild Rebel") and we run the wildcat. We're a lot alike."

Lewis plays quarterback for Tylertown, though he projects as a wide receiver or cornerback at the college level. Last season, he led Tylertown to a 14-1 record and the Class 3A state championship game, one the Chiefs lost to Louisville. Lewis accounted for more than 1,000 yards rushing and another 1,000 yards through the air.

"I like to run the ball," Lewis said. "I like being a playmaker."

Lewis, whose father, Roy Walker, was a defensive back at LSU in 1995, said he doesn't have a favorite yet, though he prefers Ole Miss and Mississippi State and finds the idea of playing in the SEC appealing. This summer, he'll make the camp tour to Oxford, Starkville and Hattiesburg.

"I'm just going to try to fit in where the teams put me and do what I do best," Lewis said. "I'm going to take my time. I have people who will help me through it."

Lewis said he has a 2.9 core grade-point average and a 15 on the ACT.

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