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Posted on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 11:16 a.m.

Michigan football 2013 commits Jourdan Lewis and David Dawson leave mark at Rivals Five-Star Challenge

By Nick Baumgardner, a national college football recruiting service, hosted some of the country's top prospects over the weekend for a two-day "Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge" showcase in Atlanta.

And when the smoke cleared, two of the Michigan football program's 2013 pledges left rather strong impressions.

Cass Tech cornerback Jourdan Lewis, a four-star prospect, wowed scouts with an athletic interception early in the camp -- which was good enough to earn the honor of "Best Interception."

"In one of the first plays of the day, Lewis made Whitewright (Texas) quarterback Tyrone Swoopes his victim," analyst Chris Nee wrote. "It was a go-route down the sideline and Swoopes threw it to the outside shoulder of the receiver.

"Lewis showed his great closing speed and got in front of the receiver getting his hands between him and the ball securing the interception. It was a highlight-worthy play."

Lewis wasn't the only Michigan commit to leave his mark, though. In fact, he wasn't the only Cass Tech player to leave his mark.

Prep teammate and fellow Wolverine pledge David Dawson, a four-star offensive lineman, made Rivals' list of "Surprise Standouts" from the camp.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Lewis is's 10th-best cornerback nationally, and the third-best prospect in Michigan.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Dawson, meanwhile, is Rivals' eighth-best offensive guard, and the fourth-best prospect in Michigan.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.



Tue, Jun 26, 2012 : 4:42 p.m.

theo212, stick to rooting for your little brothers over at EL.


Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 6:27 p.m.

MORE promising news: "Use your head; Run The Spread. Backwards ball is hereby dead!" Nick, we need more articles about speed guys and offensive guys - if Hoke recruited any.


Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 9:52 p.m.

Short memory? It was just a couple weeks or so ago that we had articles about two different incoming Michigan football players winning state titles in track (both won 110 hurdles in different states, as I recall).


Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 8:56 p.m.

geez theo. . . do you read the article's or just post comment's? jourdan lewis showed great closing SPEED on the best interception of the day a(highlite-worthy play)! coach HOKE has recruited a lot of speed guy's, how much speed do you want? you do know that the flash is a fictional person? GO BLUE!!!!!!

Terry Star21

Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 6:09 p.m.

Love these stories Nick, keep them coming. Our nations best recruiting class will only get better and better. Great to read the 'fear' shown in the outsiders comments as well (lol)

Wally the Wolverine

Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 4:46 p.m.

Upside. Nothing but upside!

Blue Marker

Mon, Jun 25, 2012 : 4:03 p.m.

Congrats to theses two and thank God for the relationship between Cass Tech and the UM coaching staff. That's one high school program that's been hot for a while now.