As we reach the halfway point in our countdown, we take a look at player whose number will actually be 80. Tight end C’yontai Lewis is one of three tight ends brought in the freshman class to bolster the group’s production. And if his high school statistics translate to the college level, Florida should be in good hands.
Lewis played his first three years at Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa, AL. As a tight end for the Jaguars, he managed to nab 313 receiving yards and four touchdowns while also playing basketball. The 6-4, 224 pounder was actually looked at to contribute on the basketball court as well at one point. Check out the hops on Lewis during his junior season.
He transferred to Kingwood Christian School in Alabaster, AL for his senior season. And boy did he contribute on both sides of the ball. C’yontai Lewis played safety, linebacker, defensive end, kick returner, and tight end. On the defensive side, he racked up 78 tackles, three interceptions, a safety, and a fumble recovery. Lewis was equally impressive on the offense, where the Gators will most likely use him. He grabbed 45 passes for 703 yards and 10 touchdowns as a big, athletic target for the Lions’ quarterback. Take a look at his senior season highlights. You can see his athleticism on both sides of the ball and his ability to block.
According to 247Sports composite rankings, Lewis was rated a three-star recruit, ranking as the 38th tight end, 23rd player in Alabama, and the 869th player in the 2014 recruiting class. He chose Florida over Notre Dame, UAB, UCLA, Florida State, Mississippi State, and his hometown Alabama Crimson Tide among others.
Tight ends coach Derek Lewis will have a lot to work with in C’yontai Lewis. He has the athleticism and blocking ability, not to mention the frame, to become a very productive tight end for the Gators. He might end up redshirting this year with Jake McGee, Tevin Westbrook, and Clay Burton ahead of him, but all of those guys are seniors. Look for him to have a successful career at Florida.