Peach State Defensive End ‘sees fit at Tennessee’
Lewis has not been to Tennessee’s campus since February, but that is going to change in the coming weeks. The 6’3, 282lbs defender from Griffin (GA) intended to visit the Vols this past weekend, but he was unable to make it. He now said he plans to visit, “for the next home game.”
Tennessee has been in contact with Lewis more in recent months, especially after he backed off of his nine-month pledge to Auburn in May.
Lewis said the message from Tennessee’s staff has been, “right now, it is just that I can play early.”
As mentioned before, Lewis has a strong relationship with Tracy Rocker. He said of him, “I feel that Coach Rocker is going to push me and make sure I do everything right. He has been recruiting me since my 9th-grade year when he was at Georgia.”
He went on to say of Rocker, “I feel very close with him. I would feel comfortable with him and committing to Tennessee.”
One of the biggest appeals about Rocker for Lewis is his nitty-gritty coaching style. Lewis said of playing for a guy like that, ” I know with Coach Rocker he is the type of coach that will push me and never let me down. He has what it takes, and he will show me what it takes to get to the next level.”
Lewis has received offers from over fifteen schools. The pack is starting to thin out a bit and make his upcoming decision somewhat easier. He said of the teams he is hearing from the most, “West Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, and Oklahoma.” With West Virginia being the school recruiting him the hardest.
Right now, the two schools that Lewis is planning an official visit with are West Virginia and Tennessee. He is still settling the dates on them.
Lewis said when he gets ready to make a final decision, it will come down to, “basically, a coach that is going to push me and never let up on me, like Coach Rocker. Plus, early playing time. I know I can get playing time at Tennessee early too. They do not have a lot of linemen coming back.”
Lewis is a star on the field at Griffin HS, who boasts a 6-1 record this season. He said what he is enjoying about his senior season, “just having a winning season this year. Everybody on our team is uplifting. I know that everybody is counting on me, so the main thing is for me to stay up and stay positive.”
Lewis has done that this season, which has helped elevate his game even more. When asked, in his own words, he said of a description of the type of player he is, “I am a monster. When you see him, you feel his energy when he is standing in front of you. You can just tell I am coming by the look in my eyes. When you look in my eyes, you can feel the energy.”
Off the field, Lewis said, “I am just a silly dude. I am very nice and respectful.”
Lewis is rated as the No. 672 overall prospect nationally, the No. 57 DT, and No. 58 prospect from the state of Georgia for 2020, according to the 247 Sports Rankings. However, Lewis could likely end up playing as a strong-side defensive end, which would certainly vary that ranking.
Matt Ray is the managing content editor for VR2. He founded VR2 in November of 2017. He is an FWAA Member and covers Tennessee prospects across the country from the Opening Regional Camp series to Under Armour All-American game and everything in between.