HerdHaven Follow Up: Sage Lewis

Marshall’s football team will need to replace three senior linebackers from the 2014 season due to graduation. Two more seniors will play their final games sometime in late 2015. The linebacker position has been one of focus for the Marshall coaching staff this recruiting season.



Neville Hewitt was the CUSA defensive player of the year, his running mate Jermaine Holmes was also one of the teams leading tacklers over the past three seasons. Raheem Waiters, a third senior, saw a lot of playing time on defense and on special teams. Replacing those three guys will be crucial for the success of the Herd defense. Luckily for defensive coordinator Chuck Heater, he will return senior to be Evan McKelvey and Maryland transfer Shawn Petty.

Marshall also has received a commitment from a big time defensive playmaker out of Monsignor Pace High School out of Florida. Sage Lewis is a 6’1”, 210 pound outside linebacker who is adept at making big time plays. Herdhaven.com recently caught up with Lewis and discusses his commitment and his senior season at Monsignor.

His senior season was a success. He ended the year with well over 100 total tackles. I asked Lewis what his favorite high school moment was during his senior season and he said, “it had to be when I made three back to back goal line stands.” This just goes to show how well Lewis is at being around the football at big time moments.

Lewis said he is still solid with Marshall. His lead recruiter is Alex Mirabal, who he says he gets the chance to talk to in some way as often as possible.

Lewis said that he watched the Boca Raton Bowl between Marshall and Northern Illinois, a game in which the Herd defeated the Huskies soundly, 52 to 23. Lewis said that Marshall looked very impressive in the victory. He said he liked how the defense was, “very aggressive and how they all played like they were leaders.”

Lewis will not be making another visit prior to signing day, but as was previously mentioned, he is very committed to Marshall. He said that he will be on campus for the Marshall Spring Game.

Lewis, along with Doyle Grimes, Marquis Couch, and Ty Tyler make up an impressive trio of linebackers who are part of the upcoming Recruiting Class of 2015.

All four players could compete for playing time next season. Currently, the Herd have the aforementioned Petty and McKelvey, along with D.J. Hunter, Raheem Huskey, Stephan Houston and Kent Turene as players who could see action at Linebacker next season. Depth will be a need, and head coach Doc Holliday has proven he has no problem playing kids as a true freshman if they are good enough. Refer back to linebackers, Jermaine Holmes, Stephan Houston and Cortez Carter at the linebacker position alone.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com as we follow up with current commits and those who will be committing over the coming weeks.

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