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Thirteen-year-old London, who is 6 feet 3 and 232 pounds, is considered the top offensive line prospect in the class of 2017 by a national panel. He is ranked the No. 1 lineman in the class of 2017 by Youth 1 Football’s Elite 101 (www.youth1.com).
This is his second JuniorRank honor.
During the All-American Game at the Home Depot Center, he will get to showcase his talents along with the top junior high school student athletes from around the country.
London says the Youth 1 ranking makes him feel good about playing football and will help him set goals.
“I can get better so I can move up in the rankings,” he said, adding that the JuniorRank honors affirm that he is at a good level for his age.
“It made my mom and dad proud and that made me feel good,” he said. His parents are Henry and Valeria Lewis of Decatur.
London started playing football when he was 5 at Wade Walker Park in Stone Mountain and has twice played in the Georgia Future Stars Game. In January, he made a splash outside the Peach State when he lined up in the JuniorRank Junior Academic All-American Game in Phoenix, Ariz.
He is playing for St. Pius X in the eighth-grade football program.
His father says London has been an A and B student throughout his school career and takes high achiever classes. Being picked twice by JuniorRank is a great accomplishment, Lewis said.
“I’m very proud of him,” he said.
JuniorRank CEO Shaon Berry said the Junior Academic All-American Game is about much more than being able to play football at a high level.
“These guys are the best in the country at their age and positions, but more importantly, they are the best in the classroom and bright lights in their community,” Berry said.
Several Junior All-Americans from the past two years have already been added to college watch lists for future recruiting, and some have received scholarship offers.
The Junior All-American games are played on an East vs. West format and coached by former NFL coaches and players. There is a game for 13-year-olds and one for 14-year-olds.
The 2013 Junior All-Americans and their families will be hosted by the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. The game will take place during the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, which features the top high school football seniors in the country.
It will air on the NFL Network on Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. PST, along with the Proving Ground National Combine, which airs on Jan. 3 on CBS Sports Network.
For more information, visit www.juniorrank.com.