- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Two of Arizona State’s new assistant coaches played a big role in the addition of the Sun Devils’ newest commitment, wide receiver Ronald Lewis (Harvey, La./West Jefferson).
Lewis committed to Arizona State over offers from Colorado, Texas A&M and Tulane, and offensive coordinator Mike Norvell and running backs coach Larry Porter had plenty to do with it.
West Jefferson head coach coach Marcus Scott said Lewis has been on the radar of those two coaches since his freshman season due to Norvell's coaching stint at Tulsa and Porter's at LSU. Both coaches are familiar with the West Jefferson program and Lewis’ abilities as an athlete. The 6-foot, 185-pound Lewis will head to Arizona State as a wide receiver, but his responsibilities will likely expand.
“The plan is to use him like Damaris Johnson at Tulsa,” Scott said of a former Norvell player and a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. “They want to get him the ball in similar ways -- hand it to him, use him on sweeps, throw it to him. He’s also great in the return game.”
Lewis had planned to visit Arizona State this summer, but was unable to do so. Instead, he will take an official visit there this fall. He is commitment No. 11 for the Sun Devils in the 2013 recruiting class and the eighth from outside of Arizona.
Two of Arizona State’s new assistant coaches played a big role in the addition of the Sun Devils’ newest commitment, wide receiver Ronald Lewis (Harvey, La.