Lewis Talks Terps Offer

COLLEGE PARK, MD-Gonzaga High School (Washington, D.C.) 2015 cornerback Marcus Lewis talks about picking up an offer from the Terps.

COLLEGE PARK, MD-Head coach Randy Edsall is serious about keeping the local talent in the state of Maryland. He has already extended four verbal offers to local 2015 prospects and three alone to players at Gonzaga High School (Washington, D.C.). The latest of those offers went out to Eagles 2015 cornerback Marcus Lewis.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Lewis has been on Maryland's radar since Locksley stopped by Gonzaga during the evaluation period. On June 22, Lewis once again impressed the coaching staff during the Terps' 7-on-7 and head coach Randy Edsall pulled the trigger.

"[Edsall] said he wanted me to come out one day this week so me and my mom went yesterday (June 26) and he told me I had the offer," Lewis said. "He said they like my length and my speed. They like that I have good recovery speed in case I get beat, that I can bat balls down and I am a bigger guy so I can check bigger receivers too."

Lewis has already picked up two offers, but he was still excited to get one from his hometown team.

"I was really excited," Lewis said. "It would be great represent for my hometown. I grew up in Maryland this is where I am from and so it would be cool." Lewis and his mom had individual conversations with Edsall, Locksley and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart.

"They were just telling me to keep working hard and keep saying to stay humble and hungry," Lewis said. "They obviously want me, but they weren't going to put any pressure on or anything since it's so early. They were really cool, I liked them a lot. no pressure to commit or anything

After sitting down with the coaches, Lewis and his mom got a full tour of Gossett Team House .

"I like that most everything they do is in there [Gossett]. They have the dining hall, their meetings, the weight room, their tutoring session are in there too, it's just all right there so that is really nice."

Of course, Lewis had to check out the most important piece of the equation, Maryland's uniforms.

"Oh of course I saw the uniforms. I loved them, all the different combinations and stuff," Lewis said. "My favorite was probably the all black set with the black cleat. I think they wore those against Florida State. Those were sick."

Lewis also got a chance to talk with some of the academic advisors about the opportunities available for student-athletes.

"We talked to one of the academic advisors for a while. He was telling me how they really help you manage your time," said Lewis, who hopes to pursue a degree in Communications. "I they their Communications program is like top 25, but I know whatever I major in I have a chance to get a great education there, it's a great school."

After a thorough inspection of the Team House, Lewis and his mom went on a campus tour with recruiting coordinator Ryan Steinberg and Mike Locksley, who added their own personal touch to the tour.

"We were going around on our tour and [Steinberg] was like me and Coach Locksley knew you were coming up today," Lewis said. "So we made a big "M" for you and it stands for Marcus. So I had to get out and take a picture of the big "M" on the hill because that was pretty funny."

Shortly after photo-op, Lewis said the weather took a turn for the worst and he had to end his tour early.

"It was kind of a really short because it started to rain," Lewis said. "I have to talk to coach Edsall but I definitely want to go back up there again soon to see the rest of it."

Edsall has offered two other players in the 2015 from Gonzaga and Lewis said he doesn't mind the idea of playing with his teammates at the next level.

"I think it's great that me Richie [Petitbon] and Jabari [Greenwood] have a chance to play together in college," Lewis said. "It would be great if it would happen, but I think we are all going to make our own decision."

The Terps seem to be in a good position with Lewis, however, it is still too early for him to make any true judgments.

"Clemson and Temple have both already offered and I haven't seen either of those schools so I can't really make a comparison," said Lewis, who is also hearing from Iowa, Michigan, Georgia and Georgia Tech. "But I am looking for three important things really: the coaching staff, academics and playing time."

Finally, Lewis talked about his plans for the remainder of the summer.

"I went to Temple for camp, but I would definitely like to go back to see the whole campus and stuff," Lewis said. "I am scheduled to go to Clemson on an unofficial visit on July 26 and I want to definitely get back out to Maryland too but I don't know what other plans I will make."

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