Texas Safety Kerry Lewis Commits to Minnesota

Minnesota fans who were down in the dumps after a heartbreaking 24-17 loss to Northwestern Saturday got some good news when Texas safety Kerry Lewis, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound two-star safety from Lancaster decided to commit to Minnesota after taking his official visit this weekend, according to sources close to the program.

Kerry Lewis ranked as the No. 110 safety in the country by Scout.com, picked Minnesota over interest from TCU, Vanderbilt, Kansas State, Kansas, Oregon and Iowa.

Lerws told Scout.com earlier this week that he was looking for a school that emphasied education and had a strong coaching staff.

"I want a school with strong academics and a place that has a stable coaching staff," he said. "I don't want to go where there are going to be a lot of distractions and coaching changes and stuff."

Lewis is an excellent student who wants to major in aerospace engineering and has a 3.5 core GPA and a 1690 SAT.

Lewis had plenty of positives to say about the Gophers coaching staff earlier this week.

"I love how they turned the program around," he said. "Last year they only won a few games and now they are like 7-1 and in the top 25.

"The coaches at Minnesota are really cool," Lewis said. "And have a lot of energy."

Lancaster is off to a 4-4 start and Lewis has 55 tackles, four interceptions, two fumbles recovered and one fumble caused.

He benches 275 pounds, squats 485 and has a 32-inch vertical jump.

"I react to plays fast and I read very well," he said. "I read plays good and see everything. I'm a ball hawk and am always around the ball. I'm also a sure tackler.

"But I want to work on getting the ball out of the air more and get more interceptions," he said. "I want to be more physical."

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