2016 Recruit Looks to Bounce Back this Season
There is no question for the 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback Nathan Lewis that his senior season will be one of the biggest parts of his recruiting process. After a season ending knee injury last season Lewis was not able to showcase his talents as a junior. Even though the athlete lost key time in his recruiting process he believes his knee is back at full strength and ready to go this season. With full health, Lewis hopes the official offers start to come in once the coaches see him on the field. “Last year was supposed to be a breakout season for me but of course I didn’t get to play but now I feel great. I’m not concerned about it anymore I’m just playing ball,” said Lewis. So far Mississippi Valley State is lone school that has offered the Chesapeake, Virginia native. With one official offer Lewis is also being recruited by East Carolina, North Carolina State, Marshall, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Lewis visited ECU last spring when the Pirates held their annual spring game. Although the cornerback didn’t get to see everything on campus, what he did see, he liked. “The atmosphere when I came for a spring game was nice,” Lewis explained “All of the players were nice and it just seemed like a family atmosphere. I remember the field and stadium were really beautiful. I didn’t get a full tour but everything I saw was nice, there were a lot of attractions around the game, a lot of people came and the fan base looked solid.” Without an official offer from ECU the rising senior rates his current interest in ECU as a seven on a ten-point scale. The lengthy athlete brings many different skills to the table while playing cornerback. “My strengths include my ball skills, recovery speed to get back into position, I can also see the field really well and see plays that the offense is going to run,” said Lewis. With only one season left at Western Branch High School (Va.) Lewis has begun to look at the factors that will go into his process of choosing a school. The main factor that Lewis stressed was academics. The cornerback hopes to major in business and said that attending a college with a school of business is really important. The rising senior has singled out multiple things that he would like to improve on to make the transition to college football easier. “I always want to get stronger,” Lewis said. “I want to put on a few more pounds, hopefully around 10. I just want to continue to get better at everything like my break, ball skills and smarter on the field.” In Lewis's sophomore season he recorded 35 tackles, three tackles for a loss, three interceptions and 10 pass break ups. With full health this season, Lewis believes he can show college coaches and scouts what he has to offer in order to gain more traction in his recruiting process. Until more of the official offers start to come in for Lewis he will enjoy the process and keep working hard to reach his lifelong dreams. “It’s extremely exciting,” Lewis said. “I’m just trying to stay humble because it really means a lot to me. It’s always been a dream of mine to play college football and maybe one day go to the NFL.”
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