2019 DB Lewis Cine talks Florida, Michigan, Rutgers offers

Everett (Mass.) High defensive back Lewis Cine talks camps, offers as he emerges in the 2019 class.

Lewis Cine's run of offers began with a camp showing at Florida, took him to a satellite camp attended by Michigan and was followed by Rutgers.

The class of 2019 defensive back from Everett (Mass.) High will be at Indiana this weekend, and he planning summer trips to TCU and Tennessee as his recruitment explodes.

But the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native who moved to Massachusetts at age nine, it started with an offer from Florida.

"They wanted to see me live so they invited me to their camp," the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Cine said. "They weren't going to offer just off the highlight, so they wanted to see how I compete. I got there and ran, and when it was 1-on-1, they said they wanted to see me in press coverage as a corner. I did (it) and I impressed all the coaches. At the end, I sat down with the head coach (Jim McIlwain) and he offered me."


Cine had no issue with proving his talent in a camp setting.

"What they said beforehand was, 'He's a Massachusetts kid and he's going to have to show us what he can do down here,' " Cine said. "I had to show them what I could do."

A similar thing took place when Michigan attended a camp at Sacred Heart in Connecticut.

"I impressed the coaches," Cine said. "I ran a 4.48 (seconds) in the 40. The coaches were impressed by the 40, and I was playing great defense. They called (Monday) and offered."

Although Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown held the same position at Boston College, Cine was not on the radar then.

"He visited the high school and he saw my length," Cine said. "It's kind of the same thing as Florida. He didn't just want to see the highlights. He wanted to see me in person at the camp to see what I can do. I met coach Brown and a few of their coaches. I was going to play safety, but they said they wanted to see me at corner. They said they, 'We want you to play man, some press coverage to see what you can do there.' I did that and they were impressed by it."

Rutgers was pushing for Cine to camp this month, but the scheduling did not work out. However, he plans to visit campus in the next few weeks.

"I know Rutgers is a good program," he said. "For them to give me that offer, it meant a lot to me. At first, they wanted to see me at camp but then they offered me. I knew if I impressed Michigan and I got the offer, Rutgers would come along."

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