Lewis Makes His Selection

East Stroudsburg, Pa., product Corey Lewis held offers from four schools, but after taking an unofficial visit to Virginia with his father last week, decided that he knew where he wanted to spent the next several years of his life and gave his verbal commitment to the coaching staff just two hours ago.

Corey Lewis, a 6-foot-7, 292-pound offensive tackle from East Stroudsburg South High School in East Stroudsburg, Pa., decided to commit to the University of Virginia tonight after discussing the school with his father over the week following his unofficial visit there. Lewis also held written scholarship offers from Temple, Connecticut and Akron, but in the end his heart was in Virginia.

"I just told the coaching staff that I wanted to be a Cavalier at about 7:30 pm," Lewis explained. "The whole staff was just really excited to have me and said that I was a big get for them because they love my pass protection skills and they way I move my feet. They just said they loved the total package that I brought to the table and told me that while there is a slight possibility I could play defensive line, I would most likely be at offensive tackle for them. I'm fine with whatever the team needs."

As mentioned, Lewis did hold four other scholarship offers and was on the cusp of receiving offers from some other schools, but the draw of the Virginia program was too much to pass up for the lineman as he explained to us tonight.

"My father and I both really loved what Virginia brought to the table from an academic and athletic standpoint and really felt there was no way I could lose by giving them my verbal commitment," Lewis said. "I'm just really excited to be a Cavalier because they have produced so many great linemen over the years and the entire atmosphere surrounding the program is awesome. Between the coaches and players there is just such a family feel to the program and the campus and surroundings are absolutely beautiful. When everything was considered I just couldn't pass up the opportunity."

Before getting off the phone with the talented linemen we asked him if he had a message for the Virginia faithful and he did have the following to say.

"Just let the fans know that I am ready to be a Cavalier and come help the program take the next step to winning a national championship while I am there."

Lewis maintains a 3.0 GPA and scored an 860 on his first attempt at the SAT test recently. He has a max bench press of 295 pounds and squats 450 pounds.

While we have yet to receive his film as it is on it's way to Scout.com, his Head Coach Ed Christian has had the following to say about his talented offensive lineman:

"Corey is working his butt off to get stronger and achieve goals he has set for himself for the short term and long term. He is a very mature kid for his age, is well spoken, gets good grades and is a hard worker. He has great balance and flexibility and can really run well. When he gets hold of someone it's over for them and he does a great job both pass and run blocking. He'll need to continue getting stronger and learn to pick up the linebacker blitz on stunts going forward, but past that I've never had a player like him before."

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