The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.) offensive tackle Nick Lewis added a Maryland offer May 13, and less than a month later he was in College Park, Md., to check out one of his primary suitors. The 6-foot-8, 348-pound three-star, who was in town visiting his aunt in the D.C.-area, took the opportunity to participate in UMD’s big-man camp June 3.
“The camp went real good,” said Lewis, who claims verbals from UMD, Minnesota, Memphis, Iowa State, Mizzou, ECU, FAU, Washington State and others. “The coaches were great and it was an intense camp. I learned a lot from Coach [Tyler] Bowen. I loved his energy, of course, and he was really up front with me. He told me what I needed to work on and what I needed to do to get better. He really brought a lot out of me and taught me some things to incorporate into my game. I liked that.”
Besides the offensive line coach Bowen, Lewis said he spoke to most every other UMD staffer.
“Even [Head] Coach [D.J.] Durkin -- I talked to him for a couple minutes,” Lewis said. “But just in general, the coaches there are all about the players and helping them get better. They’re all about developing good young men as well. I liked everyone I met there.”
Lewis had planned to tour the school after the camp, but he said the event ended later than anticipated and he had to catch a flight back to Jacksonville. That said, he was able to take a self-guided tour with his family.
“We drove around some, and it was a huge campus. It looked really nice. I also saw the new indoor facility they’re building. That looks really cool too,” Lewis said. “And I’ve been up in the area a couple times before [to see his aunt]. It’s a great area around there, right around Washington, D.C.”
Now the question is where Lewis sits on the Maryland staff’s board. Lewis said he and Durkin chatted about recruiting, with the tackle intimating the UMD coach’s interest is genuine (and vice versa).
“Coach Durkin is saying they want me there, and they’re going to keep recruiting me,” Lewis said. “But they’re taking things slow right now. They’re taking their time right now.”
Lewis has not taken any other trips of late. He was able to see Missouri, FAU and ECU several months back.
The Bolles School product doesn’t have anymore camps on the docket, but would like to get to Memphis, Iowa State and some local schools. He’s unsure exactly when he’ll be able to travel, however, due to his team’s workout schedule.
Lewis said he’s in contact with coaches from Mizzou “a lot.” He’s also in regular communication with staffers at FAU, Ball State, Iowa State, Memphis, Washington State, Maryland and Minnesota.
“I’m thinking the end of the summer I’ll try to be committed. I have to take some more visits, though, of course. Hopefully I’ll be able to get out and see some more schools,” Lewis said. “But right now I’m focused on getting better as a lineman.”