Bishop Kearney (Rochester, N.Y.) tight end/defensive end Jerome Lewis will not be in Blacksburg this weekend as previously planned, but the 6-4, 230-pound Tech recruit has scheduled an official visit. Lewis, who has yet to visit the school he committed to in May, will be in Blacksburg for the first time ever next month.
“I have a date set and I’ve got a plane ticket,” Lewis said. “I’m going to make an official visit on December 12th. My birthday is December 10th, so I’ll be going down my birthday week.”
Lewis will head further south in January to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He’ll play alongside two future Virginia Tech teammates, defensive end Zack McCray and offensive lineman Caleb Farris.
“I’m looking forward to [playing in the All-American game] a lot,” Lewis said. “A lot of people tell me how underrated I am. I want to show what I can do and I’ll be playing against some of the top kids in the nation. I’ll love lining up next to Caleb.”
Kearney’s opponents certainly know Lewis’ talents. This season, Lewis tallied 18 receptions for 425 yards and five scores at tight end and 13 sacks as a defensive end. Virginia Tech is pursuing him as a tight end, though he certainly has talent and promise on the defensive side of the ball.
“Tight end is a done deal,” Lewis said. “At least that’s where they’re telling me they want me to play. The thing with me is that I prefer offense but I’ll play anywhere. Wherever I can play first is where I want to play. I just want to make whoever is trying to guard me or stop me look stupid.”
Lewis maintains that he is solid in his commitment to Virginia Tech.
“Right now I’m 100-percent to Virginia Tech,” Lewis said. “I can’t wait. I wish I was moving in tomorrow. I can’t wait to get in on offense and destroy Bud Foster’s defense in practice (laughs). My friend [UNC TE commit] Sean Fitzpatrick told me I’d be going against an All-American defense in practice. He said he felt bad for me. I look forward to it. It’s a great defense and I look forward to going against it in practice.”
Although he will be playing for Bishop Kearney’s 2008/2009 Class B state champion varsity basketball team this fall and winter, Lewis will also prepare for his freshman year of college...
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