"It was not something that happened overnight. I had to think long and hard about it, especially when you have established yourself as a starter with your current team and have built trust with the guys on the team," said Lewis. "You are basically leaving those guys. It's a hard decision, but it's going to be the best for me and I'm ready to be a Husker."
The 6-foot-6, 285-pounder started all 12 games last season for Colorado as a guard, earning sophomore honorable mention All-American honors.
Coming out of high school, Lewis was only 6-foot-4, and weighed 240 pounds – causing many schools, including Nebraska, to not show much interest. The Buffs, along with schools like Michigan State, offered the Phoenix prep a grayshirt offer – meaning he could take a whole semester to just focus on his frame.
"That's not your typical offensive lineman. Colorado gave me one of the best opportunities in the world," said Lewis, when describing his recruitment out of high school.
"I was then fortunate enough to play my true-freshman year and start my sophomore year. I have two years of experience under my belt and have adjusted to the speed of the game at the college level. These past two years have basically built me up, so I'm excited to compete in another conference."
When Lewis decided a change of scenery might be a good thing, schools like Nebraska, West Virginia, and Michigan State immediately showed interest in the transfer, but the Huskers were the first to offer, which held a lot of weight.
"It really showed their interest in me," said Lewis. "What really convinced me though was when I was talking with Coach Garrison and Coach Cotton. They are graduating six guys on the offensive line after this season. That opens up a bunch of spots for me to compete. That won't guarantee me playing time, but it will guarantee me a chance to compete. When they told me that, it was a huge selling point.
"Nebraska has always been in my family. My father played there. My mother went to school there. My uncle played there. I have grown up around Nebraska and been around Lincoln ever since I can remember."
Bill Lewis earned first-team All-Big 8 and first-team All-American honors in 1985 at Nebraska. He went on to play eight years in the NFL for teams like the Patriots, Raiders, and Cardinals.