Lewis is a Panther

Originally, Ryan Lewis planned to have two in-home visits this evening. He would then figure things out and decide on Friday, but things change.

Redmond (Wash.) Eastlake cornerback Ryan Lewis says he knew Monday night where he wanted to go to college and after discussing it with his father (Will Lewis) the choice was made. Lewis decided to tell Pittsburgh defensive backs coach Matt House the news during his in-home visit.

"I knew in my head last night it was going to be Pitt," Lewis said. "Today, me and my dad talked about and it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

"Coach House came in and he started going through his speech and he told me he wasn't here to ask me to commit, but wanted to make sure I had all the information I needed," continued Lewis. "I just looked at him and said don't worry coach, I am committing and I want to be a Pitt Panther."

Lewis said that Coach House was pretty excited when he had heard the news.

"He was pretty fired up about it," laughed Lewis. "He called Coach (Paul) Chryst and Coach (Dave) Huxtable and they were ecstatic. They said they couldn't wait to get me on the roster."

Lewis was to have an in-home with Colorado later in the evening and the Buffs staff called him towards the end of the visit.

"Coach Brown called and said they were full, so he couldn't come," stated Lewis. "I said that's fine, because I am committed to Pitt."

Colorado was the leader, prior to his visit to Pittsburgh and even as late as Sunday.

"I really did like Colorado, but after talking with my dad we felt Pitt was a much better fit for me," Lewis said. "I just liked everything about it."

Lewis admits that he wasn't really thinking that he would be heading East to play football.

"When I decided to take the visit I wasn't real sure," he said. "I just really liked the coaches and their plans for their players. I like how Coach House takes care of his defensive backs.

"I really loved the city of Pittsburgh," continued Lewis. "The players made me feel like I was part of the team. I bonded with a lot of the guys there. I'm done, I'm a Panther. I feel like a huge weight has been taken off my shoulder. I can relax now and focus on school. It's an honor to be able to go to a school like Pitt."

Lewis has already started recruiting one of the recruits that he bonded with over the weekend Ohio native Terrell Jackson.

"I told Terrell that I committed and I asked him where he was going," explained Lewis. "He just told me don't worry I'll like it. He is a cool dude, we really developed a bond, maybe we'll be roommates at Pitt."

Lewis is the second recruit to commit to Paul Chryst since he was hired, joining Woodland Hills (Pa.) middle linebacker Mike Caprara.

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