Felt At Home

Florida State commitment <b>Lamar Lewis</b> of Jacksonville Trinity Christian made his official visit to FSU over the weekend. Lewis, the Conquerors' all-time career rushing leader with more than 5,300 yards, said one highlight was Saturday's team banquet, where he had the opportunity to chat in length with Seminole tailback <b>Leon Washington.</b> Lewis also had a chance to hang with fellow recruits <b>Kenny O'Neal, Drew Weatherford, Geoff Bernaird</b> and others -- and has some news to share.

Lamar Lewis, who made the trek to Tally from Jacksonville with his parents, stopped at a local mall to shop before heading home Sunday.

Lewis, whose host was FSU defensive back, and cousin, Gerard Ross, said the trip fulfilled his expectations.

Lewis was especially impressed by the Seminoles' new facilities, primarily the training and weight rooms. One highlight that has been shared my many recruits was the opportunity to run into Doak Campbell Stadium as player highlights flickered on the jumbotron.

"That kind of gave you a feel of what it's going to be like when you are here," Lewis said. "That was really neat. It was a great experience to meet and see everyone. I had a good time."

Lewis also thoroughly enjoyed FSU's team banquet Saturday night at the Civic Center. He had the opportunity to chat with tailback Leon Washington, who was named the Seminoles' co-MVP on offense with receiver Craphonso Thorpe. Washington also hails from Jacksonville, where he starred at Andrew Jackson.

"Leon said he was looking forward to working with me this summer, and we got along great," Lewis said. "I think the (FSU) offense suits my style perfectly. It gets you excited about getting over here and getting ready for the season."

Lewis also was impressed by his fellow recruits -- "there were a lot of good athletes there. I hung around with Tony (Carter), Drew (Weatherford), Jamaal (Edwards), Kenny O'Neal. It's a good group of guys."

FSU fans may also get excited to hear that Lewis said O'Neal and offensive lineman Geoff Berniard were telling the group they also planned to attend FSU next season.


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