Eaglecrest senior safety Xavier Lewis (14) pulls down a Denver East ballcarrier during the Raptors' season opener against the Angels on Sept. 1, 2012. Lewis, a three-time all-league first team selection, has given his verbal commitment to the University of Wyoming. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
AURORA | Another city football star is heading to the University of Wyoming, as Eaglecrest safety Xavier Lewis has decided on the Cowboys.
Lewis — a hard-hitting 5-foot-11, 190-pounder who helped the Raptors reach the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state football playoffs as a senior, gave his verbal commitment to coach Dave Christansen’s Wyoming program over the weekend.
Five Colorado players, thus far, are part of Wyoming’s 14-man recruiting class for next season. The other Aurora star bound for Laramie next year is Grandview wide receiver/defensive back Tanner Gentry, who gave his verbal commitment in June. Former Grandview star linebacker Eddie Yarbrough is already wearing the brown and yellow.
Official signing day for football players is Feb. 6, 2013.
Eaglecrest coach Mike Schmitt confirmed the commitment and said Lewis is the first Division I football player he’s coached. The closest he had previously was as an assistant at Overland in 2003 under head coach Tony Manfredi when former Trailblazers star linebacker Tyler Joyce went on to play Division I-AA.
“Wyoming has a couple of Cherry Creek schools kids up there already and they saw Xavier a lot on film over the last couple of years, so they offered him as far as back as May,” Schmitt said. “He was actively recruited by quite a few different universities, but wasn’t necessarily anybody’s No. 1. We haven’t really been making a lot of noise as far as football in the playoffs, so this year having a great season really upped Xavier’s stature, as well as some of our other players.”
Lewis racked up double-digit tackles in five games as a senior and led Eaglecrest with a total of 84 on the season — 75 of them solo — and was selected first team All-Centennial League. It was his third consecutive first team all-league accolade.
Off the field, Lewis is in the top five in Eaglecrest’s senior class and could wind up being its Valedictorian. His academic standing helped him draw further interest from programs such as Air Force, Duke, Stanford and a number of Ivy League schools which have stringent standards.
Lewis is the first Eaglecrest commitment to Wyoming since wide receiver C.J. Morgan in 2010. Morgan, who was involved in a serious car crash early in his freshman season, has since transferred to Southern Utah.
Wyoming’s current roster includes two former Grandview products, linebackers Yarbrough and Todd Knight.
Aurora’s list of Division I commitments grew, as Lewis joins Gentry and Gateway’s Zack Golditch, who has given his verbal pledge to Colorado State.
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