Julian Lewis, or JuJu as he likes to go by, is a quarterback (QB) out of Georgia in the Class of 2026. The Atlanta Elite 11 Academy was his first time attending the camp, but he absolutely enjoyed it. He mentioned that he thoroughly enjoyed all the drills, getting to know the coaches and other athletes, and especially the off-field development Elite 11 holds dear in its philosophy.
Lewis thrives in playing QB and he chocks that up to the fact that he understands how much responsibility a QB is given in recognition as well as blame such as garnering high remarks for leading his team to a win but having to shoulder all the burden of blame for a loss.
Lewis takes great pride in playing QB and the responsibility that comes with it. He keeps his head tall as he tries to always represent and lead his team, and his community by extension, the best he can in all aspects of the game.
What follows is a snippet of the conversation of the interview with this admirable athlete:
Stack.com (Stack): Julia, how would you say that Elite 11 has helped you develop as a player?
Julian Lewis: The focus on service is something that has been in my heart as kid. Joey Roberts really made me take a look at the things around me, and all that has been done for me to get top this point. I think I’ve always been thankful but haven’t always shown it.
Stack: It’s hard to show gratitude, but it is important. And, now, thinking of this past Atlanta event, in your own words, take me through the day-by-day of what happened. Kind of looking for an insider’s perspective from an attendee.
Julian Lewis: On Friday, we got gear, met the coaches, understood the expectations of the camp, and we had a chance to walk through the drills. It set the stage for Day 2. Then, on Saturday, we met early and then hit the field for some drill work. After that we had lunch and learned about QB IQ and Joey and a few other people spoke to us. It was great!
Stack: That sounds great, indeed. Oh, so, at this past event, was there a coach and/or staff member that stood out to you that made an impact to you?
Julian Lewis: Joey Roberts was awesome! You can tell he cares about us [athletes] long term as human beings not just players. The entire staff are some of the best in the country at what they do. It was a great experience!
Stack: That’s great to hear! Elite 11 strives to instill character development as well as athletic improvement. Now, thinking back to the videos and podcasts you watched and heard, remember back to the Trent Dilfer podcast of Brett Favre’s philosophy of knowing the name of and respecting everyone in the building. What did you take from that that impacted you?
Julian Lewis: That’s huge! I’m not the best at that right now. I think as a player it’s easy to be in your own world and focused on your job. As a QB that’s not really an option and it’s something that I am now definitely going to get better at.
Stack: Yeah, a QB has got to be thinking about what is best for the team. They are game managers after all. And there was another Trent Dilfer podcast you listened to of Warren Moon speaking on the importance of having a support system that can help you through the highs and lows of being a quarterback, who would you say is your support system?
Julian Lewis: Yes sir! My support system is awesome. I’ve got my dad and stepmom, the best trainers in the country and my HS coach. I call any of them any time I need them. My coach and trainers have experience with the best QB’s to come from Georgia, so they all understand everything I’m about to go through.
Stack: Being able to talk to those that care about you is key, and those that know what you are about to go through is even better. And, because support systems help you through highs and lows, what would you say has been the highest moment as a quarterback thus far in your career?
Julian Lewis: That’s a tough one! Most recently being selected to the 2026 UA Next All-American Game was a huge accomplishment, but my highest moment so far would be my FBU team winning our 3rd National Championship in a row.
Stack: Oh, that’s awesome! Congrats! Okay, now, remember the speech of Tom Brady speaking of his University of Michigan days where he discussed being elected as Captain back-to-back years as his greatest accomplishment, would you say that you are attempting to be a Captain in everything you do?
Julian Lewis: Yes, sir, absolutely. That’s something that I take pride in. Since I started playing football, I’ve worked very hard to be one of the guys to represent and lead my team. As I get older the responsibility changes a bit off the field. In a town like Carrollton, GA football is everything. I will represent my coaches, family, teammates and community at all times.
Stack: Oh most definitely must represent them at all times. And, shifting gears a bit now, what about Elite 11 stands out to you over any other football training camps or programs you may have attended over the years?
Julian Lewis: The mental aspect. Most camps are just a bunch of drill work. This camp really made me think about me the person
Stack: Gotcha. Kind of stemming from that, what is one piece of advice you would give someone that is thinking about going to an Elite 11 Academy weekend?
Julian Lewis: The academy is not a competition. It is a real academy that will help you with your fundamentals and make you a better person as well.
Stack: Most definitely. Would you attend another Academy event?
Julian Lewis: I have been training with Quincy Avery, Sean McVoy and Brian Beasley for years so the drill work wasn’t hard for me. At the same time I had a great time connecting with Q’s from all over the country and learning. So, yes sir I would attend again if I had the opportunity.
Throughout the interview, Lewis remained cordial, focused, and determined. He always chocked his success up to those around him and wanted to make them all proud as he strives to stand a head-taller than the rest of the field. Lewis hopes his skills, talent, and love for football will carry him far as a career.