Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer is expected to visit Bishop Kearney (Rochester, NY) senior Jerome Lewis next week, either at school or at Lewis’ home. The 6-4, 230-pound tight end prospect is solid in his decision, so coach Beamer and coach Wiles will be visiting for a different reason.
“He is coming for my mom,” Lewis said. “Coach Beamer has never met her. This will be the first time they get to meet each other. Coach Wiles has been up here a few times before, but coach Beamer has never been up here.”
Coach Beamer’s visit only makes a solid commitment stronger.
“Virginia Tech’s coaches have always wanted to take the extra step,” Lewis said. “Tech wanted to take the extra step for my mom.
“I’ve absolutely had no second thoughts about my decision. At first, people were telling me they thought it was shaky because I never visited. After visiting, keeping up with the players and getting to know the coaches, I knew my decision was the right one.”
Lewis hopes to give Virginia Tech a versatile and athletic threat at the tight end position. He is confident in his receiving ability but knows he’ll need to improve in the blocking aspect of his game at Virginia Tech.
“Everyone looks at me and says I don’t look like a tight end,” said Lewis, who totaled 28 receptions for 773 yards and six touchdowns over the course of the past two seasons. “Back in the day, tight ends were like the size of linemen. I’m more of a Kellen Winslow or Dustin Keller type in terms of size. I think I could be a hybrid type of tight end. I feel like I can outrun linebackers and beat out safeties.
“I’m going in knowing Virginia Tech will be able to throw the ball. If I red-shirt next year and don’t play with Tyrod, I know Ju-Ju or Logan can get the job done. I know they’ll be able to throw, so hopefully I’ll show I’m the tight end to play in the spot.”
Lewis competed against some of the top talent in the nation at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach on January 2nd. Though he didn’t have a big game statistically, he came away pleased by his performance.
“I really didn’t have any catches in the game, but I did feel the week of practice went great,” Lewis said. “I had been playing basketball before I got there, so I really wasn’t as strong as I’m used to. I went...
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