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Consortium’s Cameron Lewis becomes the latest Detroiter to commit to Buffalo

By: Branden Hunter, June 23, 2014, 2:18 pm

DETROIT – The University of Buffalo has built a great relationship with athletes from the city of Detroit, especially its football program. Its current roster boasts five players from the city of Detroit, all from Cass Tech I might add, and will add another when Consortium’s Cameron Lewis steps on campus next year.

Lewis gave his commitment to the Bulls program earlier today, after taking a visit to their campus over the weekend, which ultimately sealed the deal for him.

"I visited on Sunday, and what stood out to me the most was the genuine interest they showed in me," Lewis said. "They really wanted me to come there and be apart of their program, and I must say it feels good to be wanted.

"It also makes me feel comfortable having players from my city that attend the university already."

Lewis spoke highly of the Buffalo football program as a whole, but had plans on committing there once he left Michigan. The Bulls coaching staff had been recruiting him hard, and once he returned home, knew where he wanted to play college ball at.

"The coaches came to my school a couple of times over the last few months, and expressed a lot of interest in me," said Lewis. "Before attending this visit, I had no plans on committing, but when I got up there it just felt right.

"Buffalo has everything that I’m looking for. They have a beautiful campus and city, but ultimately the coaches and the players, and the great program that they are building sealed it for me."

Consortium went just 4-5 in 2013, weren’t that good. But the 5-10, 170-pound Lewis was one of the lone bright spots for their program. He played just about everywhere for the Cougars, racking up 2,466 total yards of offense, to go along with 52 tackles, and three interceptions on defense. Lewis will be a defensive back at Buffalo, a role he will gladly take on in college. His athletic ability, and play-making skills allow him to play almost anywhere on the the field, and should fit into what Buffalo likes to do very well.

"I committed as defensive back, but if they want me to play wide receiver it  special teams, I have no problem of doing that," he said. "I love their style of play, and I love that they play tough, hard nosed football. They make you earn every yard on defense."

Not many players from the charters schools in Detroit get looks from colleges, let alone play Division I football. But Lewis overcame what the numbers said, and will look to lead his Consortium team to a winning season in 2014.

"It feels good to be one of the ones chosen from a small school to go to play at the Division I level," he said. "But it feels even better to know that my hard work is paying off. Ultimately it doesn’t matter if you go to a big school or small school, it only matters how hard you work at getting better.

"We’re in a rebuilding stage at Consortium, and we have a lot of young players. But my job is to help them to get better, play hard, and compete."