by Mark Clements
October 1, 2010 – East Jefferson senior Jarred Lewis has made his living in the backfield throughout his high school career.
Lewis came in as a freshman running back before making the switch to quarterback. The 6-foot 183-pounder is now back at home playing running back for his Warriors, who have started the season off with a 3-1 record.
“I was playing quarterback at first but I’ve always been a running back at heart,” Lewis said. “I came in my freshman year playing running back so being back there now again is like opening up my wings again. I love it.”
Lewis, who is being recruited by colleges as an athlete, said his ultimate goal is to don the Purple and Gold in the future.
“I kind of had my eyes set on getting into LSU for academics,” Lewis said. “But if I did get an athletic scholarship I’d probably take it.”The speedster – who runs a 4.59 forty – brings his talents to the track as well where he competes in the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles and the high jump. Lewis said he has been names All-District and All-Regional in the past. The young athlete benches 255, squats 445 and cleans 275. He also attended a football camp at Northwestern.
On the field, Lewis said two games each year stand out amongst the rest on the schedule – Salmen and Franklin.
“They’re the underdogs in our district right now,” he said. “In previous years they beat us but I look at our team to be a lot better this year and I think we match up with them perfectly.”
Lewis also said he’s been a lifelong New Orleans Saints fan, and credits his fanhood to his father.
“It’s been the Saints all my life,” Lewis said. “Growing up with my dad, my dad’s always been a Saints fan so growing up under him – Saints fan.”