Bryce Lewis talks his commit to Vandy

Vanderbilt's annual Super Saturday event turned out to be a super success. It compelled Dallas Rivers, Emmanuel Smith, and Bryce Lewis to make verbal pledges to the Commodore recruiting class of 2014. For Bryce Lewis, a 6-1, 170-pound defensive back out of Parkview High School in Liburn, Ga., the visit confirmed what he was already feeling about the VU program and decided not to wait any longer.

Vanderbilt's annual Super Saturday event turned out to be a super success. It compelled Dallas Rivers, Emmanuel Smith, and Bryce Lewis to make verbal pledges to the Commodore recruiting class of 2014. For Bryce Lewis, a 6-1, 170-pound defensive back out of Parkview High School in Liburn, Ga., the visit confirmed what he was already feeling about

"I had been talking with Coach Franklin throughout the day," said Lewis. "Near the closing he was taking pictures with people and shaking everybody's hand. When he finally got a minute I walked up to him and said, 'it feels great to be a 'Dore'. He looked at me surprised and said, 'wait, what's going on?'. Then I let him know I was ready to make my commitment.

"Vanderbilt was the first school to offer me so it's always been the school I've compared the others to. None came close to what I felt at Vanderbilt. It's a up and coming team in the SEC, they offer a top education, and I've grown to love being in Nashville. This weekend was my fourth time up there. The whole time I was there I was thinking to myself that it already felt like home to me."

Lewis took in the Florida and Tennessee game this past fall. He also camped at Vanderbilt last summer after receiving their offer going into his junior year.

"When they offered me they told me they really liked my size, length, and aggression," he told VandyMania.com. "They said I have a good football I.Q. and can play either safety or cornerback depending on how I mature physically. I've talked a lot with Coach Barlow on the schemes. He's a cool guy. We have the same kind of football mentality wanting to a fast-paced, hard-nosed, physical style. I think he's a great coach who's going to help me accomplish big things when I get there."

Lewis had two offers from Boston College and Georgia State and said Auburn was close to making one as well before his commitment which he calls, "very solid". Now that he has recruiting trips in his rear view mirror, Lewis plans on having a big final go-round with the Parkview Panthers who play in one of the toughest regions in Georgia with the likes of Grayson, South Gwinnett, and Brookwood.

"We made a deep run in the playoffs which surprised a lot of people," Lewis said. "We have a lot of kids coming back. I think we're going to be a tough team. I definitely want to make more interceptions next season. Last year I only had four or five. I played a lot of boundary corner, but I'm going to more in the open this time. I want to at least equal my tackle total. My best strengths are my cover skills, and playing physical up on my man. I do a little ball-hawking too. I've played some kick return, but I'm excited about next year because there going to have me do it all season."

After his junior season, Lewis was named first team All-Gwinnett County. He also played with Dallas Rivers in the Junior Bowl featuring the best rising seniors in the state. Lewis is currently running track and says his best event is the 200 meter dash with a personal best time of 22.5. He's not sure if he can make it back for Vanderbilt's spring game, but is hoping to bring some of his teammates with him to Nashville over the summer to show off his new college home.


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