Jacob Lewis is buried in a deep quarterback class across the state.
In a normal year, the Bishop McGuinness senior might be the most-talked about quarterback in the state, garnering six offers from schools across the country and facing the possibility of adding more.
But the trio of Norman North's David Cornwell, Edmond Santa Fe's Justice Hansen and Broken Arrow's Coleman Key make this far from a normal year.
However, Lewis is different from the others as a true dual-threat quarterback.
“The class overall in Oklahoma is really strong,” Lewis said. “Out of the three I'm probably most similar to Justice, but we're also different quarterbacks as well. He's a little bit more of a dropback, I'm a little bit more of a tuck it and run, but we both throw the ball pretty well.”
Last season, Lewis rushed for 1,483 yards and 24 touchdowns, but he also completed 56 percent of his passes and threw 28 touchdowns.
It was the kind of season and has been the kind of summer to earn offers from Air Force, Harvard, Holy Cross, Navy, South Dakota and Yale. He's also ranked No. 20 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings for 2014.
But McGuinness coach Justin Jones said Lewis is entering his senior season underrated.
“I'm more shocked right now because I think that Jake ought to have a lot more offers,” Jones said. “I think a lot of people are just missing the boat a little bit.
“I think he's underrated, I think he's undervalued, especially across maybe the nation right now mainly because he is only 6-2. He's freaky athletic. He's also in a bad year as far as when you look across the nation with the quarterbacks that are coming out, especially in Oklahoma.”
Entering last season, though, Lewis was relatively unknown under center after spending his sophomore season at running back and backing up senior quarterback Camden Tharp.
Jones said Lewis was simply too athletic to not be on the field.
“We go back and look at it — and hindsight is 20-20 — I think Jake got a lot of experience at a different position, which helped him learn the offense from a different mindset,” Jones said. “When he stepped in as a junior to learn it as a quarterback, it really helped him process a lot faster and understand where everybody is supposed to be and those types of things.”
It didn't take long for Lewis to break out either, as he totaled more than 200 yards in the Irish's season-opening win against Shawnee last season. The numbers improved from there.
“I always felt like I could be a big-time player in varsity football as a quarterback and there was a three-year starter in front of me,” Lewis said. “So I said I would play one year of halfback and then hopefully be able to get looked at by a couple colleges. I didn't know how big or how small it was going to be.”
Lewis doesn't expect any more offers until the season starts and he said he is not attending any more camps this summer. Instead, he intends to work with the new group of McGuinness receivers.
“They're extremely athletic and they have great hands, but the tough thing is it's going to be their first year this year,” Lewis said. “We've been working on our chemistry a lot and if they come out and perform like I know they can, I'm sure we'll be completely fine.
“We'll be a nightmare for opposing defenses, I feel like.”
The Oklahoman's Super 30
Name: Jacob Lewis
Recruited by: Air Force, Harvard, Holy Cross, Navy, South Dakota, Yale