Hailing from Ohio, Charles “Chucky” Lewis is a dynamic, ball-hawking safety with speed for days. He pairs the ability to act as the last line of defense with a vicious, downhill style that effectively fills the gaps against the run.
Back in July, GMTM’s Joey Grant and former USC quarterback Max Browne evaluated his tape live on Twitch. Here’s what they thought:
The speed of this Northmont High School athlete jumped off the screen, as the early portion of his tape showed multiple examples of him utilizing that recovery speed and range to force turnovers and pass breakups. Joey quickly tabbed him a “pick machine” while Max lauded his ability to “hawk back in centerfield.” This came as no surprise, seeing as how he’s a State Finalist in Track (22.9 200m) and was laser-timed at a 4.5 40 earlier this year.
Once Lewis has the ball in his hands, his playmaking (2 KR TD’s this year) takes over as he is always a threat to take a pick to the house and quickly flip a game on its head. His versatility was also put on full-display throughout the rest of the tape as he demonstrated his ability to fill gaps and make tackles in the run game.
One play in particular fired up Joey, as Chucky wrapped up the ball carrier and executed a perfect form tackle on the sideline. Additionally, his football IQ stood out on multiple occasions. On another play, Lewis undercut a block to break through and wrap up the ball carrier in the backfield for a big loss. Max applauded his awareness in that situation, as he recognized what the offense was trying to do and reacted to make a big play for his team.
Later in the tape, Max recognized that Chucky’s coaches ask him to run a variety of different coverages and defensive concepts, which further demonstrates his ability to understand a multitude of concepts and still perform at a high-level.
There were a couple instances where Chucky’s aggressiveness led to bad angles in the run game, but his speed was able to mask those deficiencies. His aggressiveness is a plus, as any coach would prefer an aggressive force in the run game over one that is more tentative. This is something that is certainly coachable and, if he is able to clean that up, he will further ascend to an elite safety prospect and big-time contributor early in his collegiate career. Chucky currently has 4 offers, and likely will continue to receive more as programs continue get a look at his tape.
- Athletic DB with legit track speed (4.5 40, 22.9 200m) and the ability to play both CB and S at a high level
- Willing tackler against the run, not afraid to get his nose dirty and plug a hole
- Cerebral player who demonstrated the ability to perform at a high-level in multiple schemes and coverages
In short, Charles “Chucky” Lewis is a skilled and athletic defensive back with the flexibility to play multiple positions on the backend of a defense at a high-level. He elevates the play of those around him, as demonstrated by his team’s 8-0 record, and would be a tremendous asset for any program.
Check out more player evaluations from Max and Joey on YouTube.