Junior college defensive end Marquavius Lewis, like Durant, ended his recruitment over the weekend while on an official visit to South Carolina. He committed to the Gamecocks, a school that was near the top for him throughout his recruitment.
South Carolina was never a lock to land Lewis. They were always high in contention but an official visit to Miami a month ago had set the bar for him. Auburn was a program that had stuck out to Lewis for the majority of his process as well, and they lead for his services at one time.
A couple weeks before the planned official visit to Columbia, Lewis named the Gamecocks as his leader and it became widely known that they were a threat to earn his commitment during the official visit. That indeed happened, and the Greenwood native will be close to home once again.
"It's pretty big for me. I get to play in front of my family and friends. They would have supported me no matter what but it's awesome to know that I'll be going back home."
Lewis is the top defensive player in the country for the 2015 class at the junior college level and deservedly so. He's a five-star defensive end with exceptional burst and explosion. He blows by defenders with his quick-twich athleticism and overpowering strength. He's an ideal strong-side defensive end.
Not only is Lewis a great edge rusher, but he possesses the skills necessary to set the edge and be a factor in defending the running game as well. His size and strength combination will allow him to be a three-down player at the next level and give him the versatility to move around on the defensive line and contribute in many ways.
Just like in the case of Davon Durant, the Gamecocks are adding a prospect that is sure to be a starter right away and a chance to be an all-conference contributor immediately
Lewis is a great force, whether it's rushing the quarterback or setting the edge and containing everything in the middle. Like five-star prospects should, Lewis has the capability to be a special player in Colombia and be a main cog in the defense. The future is bright for the Gamecocks' defense with his addition and he'll be enrolling early, which only further enhances his potential immediate impact.
Commitment Capsule: Marquavius Lewis
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