Focus 2004

Quiet off the field, <b>Lamar Lewis'</b> actions on the field speak volumes. Lewis, a two-way standout at cornerback and running back at Jacksonville Trinity Christian, is a rare combination of speed and strength. He rushed for more than 1,800 yards to help his team win the Class 1A state championship last season. Lewis also played safety rather than cornerback due to his physical nature. And did you know Lewis and FSU's Gerard Ross are cousins? Click here to read about Lamar.

Quiet off the field, Lamar Lewis' actions on the field speak volumes.

Lewis, a two-way standout at cornerback and running back at Jacksonville Trinity Christian, is a rare combination of speed and strength. The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder rushed for more than 1,800 yards to help his team win the Class 1A state championship last season. Lewis also played safety rather than cornerback on defense due to his physical skills.

"The teachers love him," Trinity Christian head coach Verlon Dorminey said.

"He's quiet, goes to class and does all of his work. Lamar is a real character kid. He has the ability to change directions in two steps he has great vision. He sees the blocks before it happens, and then finds the holes and explodes. On defense, we played him at safety because he's an incredible hitter. If he ends up on defense in college, it probably will be at cover-corner."

In his team's 42-7 win over Delray Beach for the state title at Doak Campbell Stadium, Lewis rushed for 154 rushing yards, his fifth 100-yard effort in as many playoff games. He reached the 100-yard mark in the first half. Lewis mostly ran wide for an 8.1-yard average. Lewis' appearance served as a family reunion of sorts - he and the Seminoles' Gerard Ross are cousins. Ross also attended Trinity Christian.

Lewis made quite a name for himself at the Miami Nike Camp last spring. He had the second fastest time in the 40 at 4.34 seconds. He also attended the Georgia camp last summer. Lewis also gets the job done in the classroom, where he has a 3.1 grade-point average. Lewis was a first-team All-State selection last season as a well as a Student Sports National All-American.

Lewis told TheTerritory he likes to compare himself to NFL standout Charles Woodson.

"I think my strength is in coverage," Lewis said. "I see myself in college as a cover-corner. I compare my style to Charles Woodson. I would like to take my visits early and commit."

While Lewis likes all three in-state schools, his early favorites are Georgia, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. Dorminey also said "coaches from Georgia Tech and Northwestern say they will be all over him. Miami is all over him."


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