The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2020 season.
Clarence Lewis, CB
Up next is the early-enrollee Freshman from Edison, NJ, Clarence Lewis. The 6’1 185 pound Lewis comes from Mater Dei high school, where he starred as a WR and Cornerback, earning a consensus 3 star rating. I like him more than his stars indicate, based on his ball skills as well as his feel for receivers in man coverage. His natural instincts as well as wingspan will help him develop early for the Irish.
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Lewis is a very natural corner and would have benefitted greatly from the time in the Spring with Coach Mickens. Mickens has proven in his past roles to be an elite developer of talent, and I think he will do the same with Lewis. Without the Spring, it is tough to predict where Lewis will end up, but my best guess is utilizing the 4 game red shirt rule. He is physical and athletic enough that the coaches may want him on some special teams, but doubt he will play beyond that, barring injuries. A key part of his playing time will be how he handles press man coverage, which is the great equalizer for getting young corners on the field early in their careers.