Recruit Impressed With UM

Patterson (N.J.) Catholic standout linebacker Chenry Lewis left for his official visit on Friday hoping to have a good time in Miami. He got that and more. "The visit was outstanding," Lewis said. "It was beautiful there. It went really well and Miami's a nice place."

Lewis, 6-3 and 215 pounds, talked about some of the trip's highlights.

"We went to the stadium and, with our jerseys on, ran through the tunnel with the smoke coming up," he said. "That was nice. It was different and made you feel like you were getting ready to play. We also had a chance to watch them practice. There's a lot of speed on the field. I couldn't believe how big and fast some of their linebackers were. They have a lot of talented players."

Lewis then met with UM head coach Larry Coker on Sunday to recap the visit and discuss his offer situation.

"He was telling me that by reviewing me film, he liked what he saw," he said. "He said they will have a scholarship offer for me if I'm able to qualify academically. I'm real close now (20 points short) so I don't think that will be much of a problem."

In the meantime, Lewis is mulling offers from Rutgers and Iowa -- two of his three finalists.

"Rutgers and Iowa are both great schools as well," he said. "It's going to come down to whether I'm able to get that offer from Miami. If I do, it's going to be hard to say no to them."

Lewis had a chance to hang out with several other recruits during his visit.

"There were a couple other linebackers that were on their visits," he said. "James Bryant and Brian Toal. I think they're trying to sign three or four (linebackers) this year so they were showing us around. It went well."

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