Jacksonville athlete commits to LSU

Florida is turning into fertile recruiting ground for the LSU Tigers, who have secured their last two commitments from the Sunshine State. Following on the heels of Tampa-Plant cornerback Keron Gordon, the Bayou Bengals received a pledge from Jacksonville-First Coast quarterback Reggie Lewis. This gives LSU 14 commitments for its 2002 signing class.

Thought to be a Florida State lean before starting his senior season, Lewis picked LSU over Florida, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State. He still has visits scheduled for Florida and Tennessee but is up in the air over whether he will follow through, according to the Florida Times Union. The Jacksonville newspaper selected Lewis as its Player of the Year for 2000.

Lewis, who measures 6-feet, 185 pounds, played quarterback for three seasons at First Coast and was the runner-up for Class 4A Player of the Year as a junior when he had 1,870 passing yards, 870 rushing, another 470 receiving and 27 touchdowns. Despite an ankle injury during his senior season, he threw for 1,798 yards and ran for 798.

Florida State was assumed the favorite since Reggie's brother, Ronald, was a wide receiver for the Seminoles and currently plays for the Green Bay Packers. But Reggie took his official visit to LSU in October and believes he can contribute in his true freshman season, much like current Tiger All-SEC Freshman Michael Clayton, who hosted Lewis on his visit.

The Insiders.com Network ranks Lewis as the No. 58 receiver in the nation. SuperPrep Magazine listed him over the summer as the No. 13 wide receiver in Florida and the No. 13 skill athlete in the nation.

LSU's other commitments are Jeff Cook, ATH, Crowley-Notre Dame; Tory Collins, DE, New Orleans-Fortier; Skyler Green, ATH, Marrero-Higgins; Brian Henderson, LB, Berwick; Blair Irvin, WR, Patterson; Doug Planchard, DL, Baton Rouge-Catholic; Archie McDaniel, LB, Bay City, Texas; Lester Ricard, QB, Amite; Vernon Russel, CB, River Ridge-John Curtis; Jason Spadoni, RB, River Ridge-John Curtis; Justin Vincent, RB, Lake Charles-Barbe; and Garret Wibel, OL, Metairie-Archbishop Rummel.

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