Lewis, Host of Other Commits to Visit

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Virginia Tech is expected to host 10 commitments making official visits this weekend. At least one recruit – 6-4, 230-pound tight end/defensive end Jerome Lewis – will be making his first ever trip to Blacksburg. Lewis, a top recruit out of Bishop Kearney High School (Rochester, N.Y.), looks forward to celebrating his 18th birthday in style.

“I know it’ll be my first time on campus,” said Lewis, who turned 18 yesterday. “I want to get to know the students and get to know the environment. Of course, everyone who has made a verbal commitment wants to at least visit their school of choice once. You want to feel like you can stay there for four or five years.”

A productive player on both sides of the ball, Lewis made 18 receptions for 425 yards and five touchdowns from the tight end position in his senior season. He racked up 13 sacks at defensive end but projects to play offense at Virginia Tech.

When he committed in May, Lewis chose the Hokies over offers from East Carolina, Minnesota, Pitt, Purdue and Syracuse. Colorado, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Penn State offered after the commitment was made, but Lewis maintains that he is solid with his choice. Opposing coaches still keep in contact, but this weekend could prompt the Bishop Kearney star to completely end his recruitment.

“The other coaches are just saying that, if I have any doubts, maybe I could make a visit to their school,” Lewis said. “I’m just taking it one step at a time. I’m going down to Tech this weekend. I’m already 100 percent committed. Everyone knows that. Coach Wiles came up to meet with me and my mom. My mom loved him. It was great what he was saying, telling me they’ll help me as a person and as a player.”

Lewis leaves for Tech today and will return home on Sunday. He certainly will not be alone in Blacksburg this weekend. He’ll be joined by nine other Virginia Tech commitments including Brookville (Lynchburg, VA) defensive end Zack McCray. Lewis and McCray have become friends through the recruiting process.

Fork Union (VA) defensive tackle Nick Acree, Midlothian (VA) offensive guard Matt Arkema, First Colonial (Virginia Beach, VA) safety/linebacker Nick Dew, Rockbridge County (Lexington, VA) offensive lineman Caleb Farris, Mount St. Joseph’s (Baltimore, MD) defensive