For Phoebus (Hampton, VA) defensive tackle prospect Harry Lewis, the best part of last weekend’s official visit experience at Virginia Tech was spending time with old friends who will soon be teammates.
“The highlight was hanging out with Deon (Newsome), Bucky (Hodges), Andrew (Motuapuaka) and Chuck (Clark), playing Madden and sitting back and just talking about the old days in the 757 when they played and saying whose high school team would win if they played each other,” said Lewis.
“It’s really cool to play with these guys again. Deon is like my big brother, so I’m really excited.”
Lewis grew up with Newsome, Ricky Walker and Marshawn Williams. He says he spent the most time with Newsome and Walker this past weekend. As a fellow defensive tackle and someone who just completed his freshman season with the Hokies, Walker was able to provide insight on what Lewis can expect as a true freshman.
Walker advised Lewis to “just keep working hard” and to expect “a lot of running and have the mindset to not give up. Take any opportunity given to you.”
In addition to enjoying his time with the players, Lewis said he also “enjoyed my talks with Coach Beamer, Foster, Wiles and Brown.”
Recalling his conversation with Frank Beamer, Lewis said: “It was great. He told me to keep doing what I’m doing. He can tell that I’m a great young man and they have great expectations for me.”
Whether he was speaking with the coaches or the players, the 6’1”, 265-pound senior picked up on the family atmosphere so many recruits mention when detailing why they picked Virginia Tech.
“It’s just one big family. They look out for you and want you to do your best and do great things on and off the field,” Lewis said.
Lewis capped off a productive high school career with a quality senior season, in which he earned Ironclad Conference 18 first-team honors for his play on the offensive and defensive lines. He also earned second-team all-4A South Region honors on both sides of the line as well as Virginia Preps second-team all-state honors on offense.
Lewis, one of three defensive tackles committed to sign with the Hokies on February 4, plans to major in Business.