A commitment to Virginia Tech didn’t deter other college coaches from pursuing Bishop Kearney (Rochester, N.Y.) tight end/defensive end Jerome Lewis . According to the 6-4, 230-pound rising senior, three programs – Colorado, Oklahoma and Penn State – offered after he committed to Tech back on May 26th. He has been firm on his commitment, though, and seems set on following through and signing with Frank Beamer and company.
“[Bishop Kearney Head] Coach [Eddie] Long sat me down and talked to me about it one day. I had committed and knew where I wanted to go, but I still was in contact with other coaches,” Lewis said. “He asked the question if I was with Virginia Tech or not. He said there are other good schools out there, but I told him I didn’t want to go anywhere else. Virginia Tech is where I feel I need to be. There is no question who I will be signing with on February 3rd. I’ve shut everything down.”
Lewis committed to Virginia Tech a week after being offered, at the time choosing the Hokies over offers from Minnesota, Pitt, Purdue and Syracuse. He had never visited Virginia Tech at the time of his commitment and still has yet to visit, but he is highly confident in the decision he made.
“My mother asked why Virginia Tech,” recalled Lewis, who hopes to attend Virginia Tech’s home game versus Nebraska and possibly the home game versus Miami as well. “I told her I honestly didn’t know. It’s like a girl I can’t get off my mind. I just know she is perfect. That’s pretty much the closest thing I can compare it to. I just know exactly where I want to go.”
Labeled a “jumbo athlete,” Lewis has potential as either a tight end or defensive end in college. Playing a stud flanker position at Bishop Kearney, he lines up at tight end, slot receiver and wide receiver. As part of the “Double Trouble” combination that also included rising senior quarterback Jake Meek, Lewis averaged 34 yards per catch last season as a junior.
Lewis also did well at defensive end last season, racking up 56 tackles with seven sacks. He has high regard for Tech’s defensive unit…
“Defensively, I’m fast, quick, and I’m going to hit you,” Lewis said. “I think I relate to the Hokie defense so much.”
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