Colorado football analyst: Top flip target would take game to next level with Coach Prime, Pat Shurmur

2023 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year Award And The Prime Video World Premiere Of "Coach
2023 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year Award And The Prime Video World Premiere Of "Coach / Tom Cooper/GettyImages

BuffsBeat's Josh Tolle believes that top Colorado football flip target, Class of 2025 Carrolton quarterback Julian Lewis, would see his game taken to the next level ending up in Boulder and being coached by Coach Prime and Pat Shurmur.

"The rare intangibles make Lewis one of the nation's top passers," Tolle prefaced before saying, "He would truly take his game to the next level if he was paired with Sanders and Shurmur. They can offer an NFL perspective with knowledge that would push his football I.Q. further than a majority of programs could ever dream of doing. He's built for the spread attack that wants to push the pace and constantly challenge defenses."

Lewis sung the praises of Deion Sanders and Shurmur, calling the former motivating and noting that both men offered him the chance to play out of the gates at CU considering Shedeur's imminent departure to the NFL following the 2024 season.

"Colorado has a lot of energy," Lewis told 247Sports. "Coach Prime is super positive and motivating. Talking to Coach Shurmur and Shedeur (Sanders), they want me to make the best decision for me, but made it clear that I have the opportunity to play early."

Colorado football QB target Julian Lewis uses telling language discussing USC

Lewis, who is currently committed to USC, used language that seemed to indicate that he isn't so sold on staying in SoCal. While discussing the Trojans' defense, Lewis didn't say "we," but rather "they."

"So it’s exciting to see for sure, because that’s kind of what everyone talks about is SC can’t play defense," Lewis told 247Sports. "So if they can get national recruits on both sides of the ball, it can change that narrative.” 

Maybe being hung up on that language is worried about the wrong things. Or maybe it shows that the battle for Lewis will be fought more against powerhouses like Alabama and Georgia as opposed to the incumbent (for now) USC.