Academics have always been the chief concern of Bishop McGuinness quarterback Jacob Lewis.
After going on an official visit to Princeton last month, Lewis knew that's where he needed to be. On Wednesday, he made it official when he signed to play at the Ivy League university.
“Going to Princeton isn't a four-year commitment, it's a 40-year commitment,” Lewis said. “That's how they sold it to me, so being able to have all of the connections and be able to experience going to the No. 1 school in academics in the nation is a huge opportunity and something you can't really pass up.”
Lewis, The Oklahoman's Big All-City Offensive Player of the Year, had offers from Yale, Navy and Air Force. He only took official visits to Yale and Princeton, choosing to take the SAT so he could be admitted to Princeton instead of visiting Navy.
“It fit me probably the best out of the Ivy League schools and other schools that were recruiting me in terms of academics, as well as athletics,” Lewis said. “The offense they ran went right up my alley; they need a running quarterback.”
In the final three games of the season, Lewis rushed for nearly 1,100 yards and 17 touchdowns en route to the Class 5A semifinals. He finished the year with nearly 3,300 yards of offense and 49 touchdowns.
“I expect him to continue his career,” McGuinness coach Justin Jones said. “He's done nothing but grow as a high school football player and really begin to master the position.
“I think he's a guy that's in it for the long-haul, he's a guy that'll go up there and get a great education, but he'll be a leader on the field. He's a guy that the Princeton Tigers count on to go out there and play on Saturdays.”
And he's a guy who will excel off the field.
Lewis said he hopes to one day work on Wall Street, which is something his parents Jeff and Jonkeeta were very proud of Wednesday.
“It is a huge honor and it's a precious thing because it is unusual, especially in my case,” said Jonkeeta, a family physician. “I went to a very small school and if it hadn't been for a scholarship academically, I wouldn't have gone.
“So for him to go to an Ivy League is marvelous, but he didn't get there on his own. He got there with every teacher at McGuinness, every coach at McGuinness, every student that studied with him or played with him on the field or encouraged him because you don't make it anywhere without help.”