It takes a lot to shake Cam Lewis.
Yet one of LSU’s final spring practices got the job done.
The Class of 2016 safety signee was in attendance and an avid observer during Tuesday’s practice in Baton Rouge, La.
A noticeable presence by the defensive backs, Lewis got a taste of what it’s going to be like as an LSU player when he arrives on campus in June.
“I like how they compete,” Lewis told SEC Country. “It gave me chills because I like to win in everything I do.”
Winning has come naturally for Lewis, a four-star prospect and the No. 13-rated safety in last year’s signing class.
The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Wossman High School (Monroe, La.) product played quarterback during his high school career. As he prepares to make the transition to the Tigers’ secondary, he was encouraged by what he saw at the practice session.
“I loved it,” Lewis said. “It’s going to be a great year, and I feel I can make a huge impact immediately … I’m going to prepare for that (position change). I want to learn it all, but it’s going to be natural, and I’m going to do great at defensive back and do whatever I can do to win this Natty (national championship).
Lewis stood by former LSU safety Jalen Mills, who has taken on a coaching role with the upcoming crop of defensive backs this spring.
Lewis and Mills had a brief conversation, but both were more tuned into the Tigers’ practice.
The safety signee spent more time speaking with the members of LSU’s coaching staff, who continued to show hospitality to their future secondary star as they await his arrival on campus.
“I talked to them all. It’s my new home and they always show me love,” Lewis said. “They told me to be ready to work, to learn and to play as a true freshman. They say I’m going to get my chance.”
This summer, Lewis seems poised to compete for major playing time and a role on a championship-caliber defense. His impact on the secondary will be one of the major storylines heading into the next phase of offseason practices.
Lewis is expected to be fully healthy before joining the Tigers for summer practices. He is more than a month removed from surgery to repair a torn labrum, which he played through during his senior season.
“It’s good,” Lewis said of his shoulder. “I can almost move it normal.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.