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National Signing Day: Academics a big part of why McGuinness QB Jacob Lewis chose Princeton

by Jacob Unruh Published: February 5, 2014

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.

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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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