Terps Nab commitment from S.C. O-Lineman

Johnsonville, S.C. offensive lineman Justin Lewis isn't one to toot his own horn, preferring instead to let his teammates enjoy the same amount of publicity he does. So rather than make a big deal out of his commitment to Maryland Monday night, Lewis quietly told the Terps' staff he was coming and got ready for the next day of practice.


"I want them to feel like Johnsonville is important, not just Justin," said Lewis, a 6-foot-4-and-a-half, 315-pound senior who will play guard at Maryland. "I don't want my teammates to feel they're less important than me, to put it out there with a big announcement."

Lewis, an all-state selection who led his team to a 9-3 record last year, chose the Terps over finalist North Carolina State, which was the first school to offer him, and which he'd visited four of five times to his one Maryland trip.

"That didn't mean anything. Maryland's a little farther away, so that trips a little more difficult," he said. "They have a good program, great coaches and the offense is based on some of the same plays that we run, so the offense will be easier for me to learn."

Lewis has worked hard on increasing his foot speed this offseason and is noticeably faster than he was last year, also losing eight pounds in the process. He has very good footwork and speed. The third offensive lineman to commit to Maryland for next year, he joins R.J. Dill and A.J. Francis.

Though N.C. State is closer to home and had been on him the longest, he said his relationship with assistant coach Al Seamonson and Maryland's campus were too much for the Wolfpack to overcome.

"He's a great guy. He wants the best out of all of his players," he said. "[The campus] was great. Evereything was right [nearby], which makes it a lot easier getting to where I need to go."

Lewis, who plans to major in business management, said a conversation with head coach Ralph Friedgen also helped seal the deal.

"I had a good talk with him. He explained a lot and opened my eyes to a lot of stuff," said Lewis, who also had interest from Clemson, Duke, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

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