The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.) offensive tackle Nick Lewis has seen his recruitment rise exponentially this spring. After previously seeing looks from smaller programs, he now has offers from schools in the SEC, Pac-12 and Big 10.
The 6-foot-8, 340-pound three-star’s latest look came in May 13 from Maryland, his second Big Ten offer.
“Maryland, I love Maryland. I have family there and I can’t wait to get there on June 3 for a camp,” said Lewis, who has looks from ECU, Colorado State, FAU, Iowa State, Memphis, Minnesota, Mizzou, UCF, Washington State, Buffalo and more. “I love the coaches there. Coach [Anthony] Tucker and Coach [Tyler] Bowen have been showing love to me, so I really appreciate that. Also, my aunt lives there and I’ve been there a couple times. She’s in Washington, D.C., so I’ve been around the area. I love it up there and it’s very nice. It feels great up there. It’s definitely cool to be near D.C.”
Lewis said he’s been in contact with Tucker for a few months and Bowen for several weeks. He said he has a solid rapport and likes what each has told him about the program.
“They actually told my they didn’t want to rush an offer. They said they wanted to make sure I was actually interested first before offering. But when I told them I was interested in coming up, they told me I had the offer. I really do like the school and what it’s about,” Lewis said. “And they didn’t just offer because I liked it. They liked my film and said the staff did too. They just wanted to make sure I was a good fit for them."
Lewis isn’t privy to details about UMD, but he’s eager to learn more. He knows it’s a Big Ten program and has standout academics. Plus, he knows UMD needs tackles.
“June 3 is when I’ll know more,” he said. “I’m excited about it. I’ll be there.”
Besides Maryland, Lewis has been talking to coaches from Washington State, Toledo, FAU, ECU, Iowa State, Colorado State, Mizzou and UCF. He said each staff “has been showing equal love” and he can’t say one is pushing harder than another.
Lewis has visited FAU, ECU and Missouri.
“All of them treated me very well, but I did like Mizzou,” he said. “They did show the most love. It was a great visit there. I like Mizzou.”
Lewis is unsure what programs he wants to see next. But he has Maryland, Iowa State, Colorado State and Iowa State in mind. Additionally, he wants to get back to Mizzou for a second look.
The Jacksonville native has also been in touch with coaches from UConn and Florida, but is not sure who might offer next.
“My plan is to commit to a school this summer,” he said. “If not, the sometime after I take my officials in the fall. I basically want to find a place that feels like home and has my major, which is engineering. Location isn’t a factor for me. It really doesn’t matter if the school is in Florida or further away. Everybody is fair game.”