The Maryland staff has already secured one Riverside C.C. (Calif.) corner in J.C. Jackson, and now the Terps are in line to pull in his teammate. Provided UMD defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim continues to push and present a committable offer, junior college corner Tareke Lewis could be ready to join D.J. Durkin’s program when he visits College Park, Md., after his season.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Lewis, who graduates in December and will enroll at a four-year college in January, has three years to play two seasons. He said he secured an offer from Maryland back in the spring and has been in close contact with Abdul-Rahim since then.
“I like Maryland right now. They’re No. 1, because I keep in contact with Coach Aazaar a lot, and my friend, J.C. Jackson, is going there too. And looking at the secondary, I have a chance to play there early,” said Lewis, a Florida native who also holds offers from Kansas State, UCF, Colorado State and Iowa State. “Coach Aazaar, he came out to RCC to talk to J.C. [Jackson], and J.C. was actually the one who showed him my highlight tape. [Abdul-Rahim] took that back to Maryland, and then he let me know I had the offer. It’s been all good from there. He keeps telling me to finish strong in the classroom and to hurry up and get up there [to College Park].”
If that weren’t enough, Lewis said he’s heard plenty of positives about UMD from Jackson personally.
“J.C. actually just got to Maryland [Aug. 2], but when he went on his visit there he told me he loved it,” Lewis said. “He said he loved the environment and the coaches there.
“We’re pretty close, and have been since he came to RCC after Florida released him. We’ve been talking about playing together in Maryland’s secondary.”
The Terps may be Lewis' favorite, but the corner will entertain his other suitors. He just saw UCF in late July and said it was “real nice and it’s home.” Next up, Lewis plans to officially visit Kansas State Oct. 8 during Riverside’s bye week.
“I was going to go to Maryland Oct. 8, but they play Penn State away that week, so I’ll get to K-State then,” Lewis said. “Then I’ll see Maryland after my season. I’m thinking I’ll commit to Maryland once I see the school.”
Lewis did admit he’d love to procure offers from in-state power Florida and Florida State. But he’s not sure either program will ante up.
“I get letters and stuff, but nothing major from them,” said Lewis, who attended Palatka (Fla.) High and went straight to Riverside after his senior year. “So I like Maryland a lot right now.”