Phoebus (Hampton, VA) class of 2015 defensive lineman Harry Lewis has verbally committed to Virginia Tech, choosing the Hokies over offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, N.C. State, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Virginia, among others. The 6’1”, 260-pound Lewis is Tech’s first in-state commitment – number three overall – in the class of 2015.
Lewis, a cousin of former Hokies running back Elan Lewis, confirmed his decision to TSL via a Twitter message.
A second-team all-Ironclad/Conference 18 selection on the offensive and defensive line in 2013, Lewis is projected as a defensive lineman for the Hokies. As a junior he lined at defensive end, totaling 60 tackles with 11 sacks, but we expect him play defensive tackle for Tech. Lewis has played defensive tackle as well on the high school level.
The consensus 3-star recruit also stands out in the classroom, where he carries a 4.0 GPA.
Stay tuned to TSL for much more on Lewis and other Spring Game recruiting news in the coming days. Click here to view junior season highlights of Tech’s newest commit.
Assuming Lewis does end up on the interior as we think is very possible, Virginia Tech’s defensive tackle breakdown for the 2015 season now stands as follows (scholarship players only):
Seniors: Corey Marshall, Wade Hansen*
Juniors: Woody Baron, Nigel Williams
Red-shirt Freshmen or Sophomores: Vinny Mihota, Steven Sobczak, Ricky Walker
Class of 2015 Commitments: Harry Lewis
(*We have not confirmed whether or not Hansen is a scholarship player)
In my recent defensive “Strategy Session,” which provides a big picture breakdown of Virginia Tech football recruiting in the class of 2015, I projected the Hokies to take two or three defensive tackle prospects in total in this class. I still can see Tech signing three defensive tackles total in this class, but I do think Lewis is a very solid start. I really like what I see from him on video. In particular, I like his strength at the line and the angles he takes to make tackles. Seems to have a good sense of where to go. I do think a red-shirt year would be good for him, especially if he moves inside at Tech, but I see him developing into a very solid interior lineman..