#STRecruiting: Tigers get an early start on Georgia prodigy #Clemson

2026 prospect Julian Lewis is already being compared to former Clemson greats Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence (TigerNet)

One of top younger prospects in the state of Georgia visited Clemson recently for the Florida State game and is already looking forward to a return trip.

Julian “JuJu” Lewis is a 2026 quarterback prodigy out of Carrollton (GA) who already has offers from Florida, Georgia Tech, and Penn State. If you talk to recruiting experts in Georgia, he is already earning lofty comparisons to former Peach State standouts Deshaun Watson, Trevor Lawrence, and Justin Fields.

Lewis is only in the 8th grade, so he plays for Carrollton’s 9th-grade squad. Under Georgia rules, he is not allowed on the sidelines or to dress out for a varsity contest, but his build would blend in nicely at the next level. He currently stands 6’1″ and weighs close to 170 pounds. Lewis is also learning under Justin King, the same coach who mentored Lawrence at Cartersville.

King appears excited about the prospects of coaching Lewis.

“He definitely has a lot of potential.  The ball jumps out of his hand and can make funny body throws,” King says in illustrating the youngster’s skill set. “He has enough athletic ability to extend plays with his feet. He also has the cerebral capacity to process the game well.”

Lewis loved his visit for the Florida State game, where he spent time with former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd.

“The coaches really care about their players’ success in life not just football,” the eighth-grader noted. “Clemson is really about relationships. I spent some time with Tajh Boyd. Tajh knows the program better than anyone and he knows what I’m going through as a player. He told me to love the game and if I do it will take me places.”

Quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter also met with Lewis.

“Coach Streeter talked to me about my family and my school and teammates. He said they are hearing great things about me from my coach. His message was continue to be a good teammate and leader.”

So what did he think of Death Valley and the crowd?

“I really liked the band and the DJ. I like the Clemson chants and the colors,” Lewis said. “The crowd was fire!”

Lewis is also happy about the fact that he gets to learn from King, who knows all about handling high profile quarterbacks who show promise from an early age.

“He expects a lot and holds everyone accountable,” Lewis relayed in describing King’s program. “I am blessed to learn from him. In the spring I will get the full offense. I didn’t run the full offense this season. Next year will be a lot more.”

Despite it being so early in his recruitment, Lewis already holds Clemson in high regard.

“Clemson is awesome. I just have to keep working and hopefully when the time comes, they will want to offer me,” he said. “I would like to camp there again this summer if I can fit it in my schedule.”

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