Lewis Quick to Accept VT Offer

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A week after receiving an offer from the Hokies, Bishop Kearney (Rochester, N.Y.) tight end/defensive end Jerome Lewis is member of Virginia Tech’s 2010 recruiting class. After receiving his mother’s blessing, the 6-4, 232-pound rising senior informed Tech assistant coach Charley Wiles of his intentions today.

“I told my mom how I felt about Tech last Monday,” Lewis said. “She said to let her think about it, sit on it and evaluate. She looked into it. She looked into the school and the distance. Then she gave me her blessing. I gave her a kiss, went to school today, told my guidance counselor, who has been there for me too, and then gave Coach Wiles a call. He was there with Coach Beamer. I asked him how many commitments Virginia Tech had. He said they were scratching and fighting to get to eight. I told him to fight and scratch to get to nine because they’ve got number eight right here.

“As a little kid I always wanted to play for a big school, to play for a big university that can help you get to the places you want to go. Virginia Tech is a school I feel like will help make me a better person and a player.”

Virginia Tech has had Lewis’ attention for quite some time. He sent the Tech coaches his junior season highlight film a week after his junior season came to an end. Tech reciprocated the interest and showed more and more interest before finally coming through with an offer last week.

Lewis accepted Tech’s offer even though he has yet to visit Blacksburg.

“When you know something is right, you go for it,” said Lewis, who plans to visit Tech for the first time in June or July.

After seeing limited action as a freshman, Lewis burst onto the varsity football scene by averaging close to 30 yards per catch as a sophomore. He eclipsed the 30 yard-per-catch mark last season as a junior, hauling in 10 receptions for 348 yards and a score in just seven games. Defensively, he finished last season with seven sacks.

Tech originally pegged Lewis as a defensive end, but earlier this week the staff indicated that tight end could be an option if the Empire State star so desired.

“Virginia Tech was looking at me as a defensive end,” Lewis said. “I’m still open to it, but once they told me I could play tight end I was sold. Once I heard that, that was it. They told me I could play tight end if that is what I’m most