Lewis Leads Phoebus Into 2004

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This off-season, Phoebus running back Elan Lewis is focused on improving his speed, getting stronger in his upper body, and making sure his team is ready for next season. So far so good on all fronts, as he is looking forward to his final high school football season.

“It’s going good,” Lewis said of the off-season. “The team’s getting stronger. Everything’s going good. I’ve been working on my speed. I want to get faster before next season. Right now I run a 4.5 in the 40. My goal is to get down to a 4.4 flat. My brother knows some stuff about speed training, so he’s helping me. I also want to get stronger in my upper body. I’m getting stronger. I feel way stronger in the upper body now.”

The 5-8, 215 pound tailback’s strength lies in his natural running ability. As Phoebus Coach Bill Dee says, “he has great vision. He finds holes. Like all great runners, he finds the holes and knows when to zig and when to zag.” He has developed excellent instincts and vision over his many years as running back, which began during his middle school years.

“I’d say I’ve had to develop my rushing ability over the years,” Lewis said. “I really started playing running back when I was in juniors. Ever since then, I’ve been getting a better feel for how to run the ball. Once I see a hole now, I just go. Everything’s natural for me.”

Continuing in his role as the Phoebus’ work horse back, Lewis rushed for 2,474 yards and 39 touchdowns last season as a junior. He has drawn eight scholarship offers to this point…Maryland, Syracuse, Tennessee, UNC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.

Many other top programs, including Florida State and Miami, are showing interest.

“I have eight written offers,” Lewis said. “The teams who are heavily recruiting me are Tennessee, UNC, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Colorado, Nebraska, Ohio State, Northwestern, Florida, Florida State, and Miami.”

Rumored to be favoring the two in-state schools, Lewis did not tip his hand as to which schools, if any, are his favorites. He remains open to other schools that may choose to offer.

“They are all in one group,” Lewis said of the schools recruiting him. “Not in any order, just a group. I’m still open to other schools. I’ll probably wait until the end of summer or the start of my season to narrow my list of schools. The main things