Former three-star defensive tackle Damarjhe Lewis announced Tuesday that he is entering the NCAA Transfer Portal, dealing a hit to IU’s depth along its defensive front. A true freshman this past fall, Lewis did not see any game action but did earn scout team player of the week honors during the second week of the season.
After enrolling for spring ball last year, Lewis appeared poised to compete for snaps in the defensive line rotation come the fall. IU position coach Kevin Peoples raved about Lewis’ explosiveness during the abbreviated spring period of 2020, calling him a dynamic prospect.
An Auburn commit before signing with Indiana, Lewis had an offer list that supported Peoples’ high hopes. He also fielded scholarship offers from Penn State, Tennessee and Florida State during the high school recruiting process.
“I’d like to thank Indiana University for the opportunity and great time they have given me but I’ve decided to enter my name into the transfer portal,” Lewis wrote on Twitter. “I am excited to explore new opportunities.”
IU was already a bit thin at the three-technique spot after Jerome Johnson’s departure this offseason. Lewis projected to compete for snaps there with Demarcus Elliott and C.J. Person. Now, Indiana will continue its search for interior help in the same transfer portal Lewis just entered.