When Rutgers coach Chris Ash got a commitment from dual-threat quarterback Johnathan Lewis last April, he undoubtedly got his quarterback for the future.
However, why Ash was looking in Lewis’ direction in the first place may have been because Lewis reminded him of someone. In this case, a former Buckeyes quarterback.
In an interview with Big Ten Network on National Signing Day, Ash discussed some of the Scarlet Knights’ key signees and he briefly talked about Lewis. Around the 1:25 mark is when Ash directly compares Lewis to former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones.
— Rutgers On BTN (@RutgersOnBTN) February 1, 2017
When comparing the two, Ash noted Lewis was a mobile quarterback but could also throw an 80-yard pass, which evoked comparisons to the former Buckeyes quarterback — also known as “12-gauge” — in Ash’s eyes. It should be noted Ash was the former defensive coordinator at Ohio State when the Buckeyes won the national championship in the inaugural College Football Playoff.
That wasn’t the only time Lewis got compared to Jones. Last June, Bleacher Report, who called Lewis “Cardale Jones 2.0” in a tweet, posted a video breaking down the two and noting the comparison.
— B/R The Future (@BR_TheFuture) July 1, 2016
Lewis, a Jersey City, N.J., native, is the 19th-best prospect in the state of New Jersey, but more impressively the 16th-best dual-threat quarterback prospect in the class of 2017.