Super WR To Visit UM

This premier wide receiver prospect didn't start his career at receiver and he talks about the transition. He also talks specifically about the Hurricanes in this interview. Though focused on the season now, he plans to visit UM after completing his senior season.

At 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure standout Whitney Lewis has become one of the nation's premier wide receiver prospects. However, that wasn't what he envisioned while growing up.

"I played tailback all my life," Lewis told me. "That's where I thought I'd always play. But then my freshman year came and I saw that Lorenzo Booker was the man at tailback. Since he was a year older, I could either sit behind him for three years or switch positions. So I switched to wide receiver and it worked out for the best."

Lewis, who ran a 4.34 at a NIKE Camp this past spring and jumped 34 inches, attended summer camps at USC and UCLA this year. And while at USC, he had a chance to work out with quarterback Kyle Wright.

"Getting to work with Kyle was awesome," he said. "He proved to me why he's one of the best quarterbacks in the whole country."

Wright felt the same way about Lewis.

"Whitney's as good a player that I've been around," Wright told me. "His size and speed really provide mismatches. You can't play off him or he'll burn right by you. And you can't jam him because he'll beat you up at the line of scrimmage. He's an incredible wide receiver and sort of reminds me of Andre Johnson at Miami with his size/speed combination. Whitney's just a great football player and I really enjoyed throwing with him."

Lewis, who also competes in track and basketball, ripped off a blazing 100m time as a junior. "I ran a 10.8 electronic-timed this year," he said. And I ran a 22.7 in the 200."

The standout receiver, who carries a 2.57 GPA inside the classroom, said his offer sheet is up to 24. That's one reason why he's so wide open still.

"If signing day were tomorrow, I have no idea what I would do," he said. "Schools from all over the country have offered and while I'm honored, I really haven't paid much attention to it yet. I'm more concerned about going 14-0 again this season. We've done it in each of the last two seasons and now that I'm a senior, I don't want that streak to end."

Lewis did offer up some comments about the Hurricanes.

"I think Miami's a great place," he said. "They just won a national championship and they seem ready to make another run at it. Everything about their program is top notch. They always seem to produce great wide receivers and I think that will provide a good opportunity for me. I love to compete and at Miami, that's why they're the best. It's a great atmosphere there and they've had a lot of success with players from California like Ken Dorsey. I'll definitely be taking an official visit to Miami after I start narrowing things down around mid-season."

The talented wide out talked about the chances of leaving California.

"There's definitely a strong possibility," he said. "Like any of the Florida schools would be a great place to play because football in that state is different. Just look at the preseason rankings - three of the top 5 or 6 teams in the country are from Florida."

As mentioned, Lewis has other priorities right now. "I love winning," he said. "I haven't lost since my freshman year and I don't plan on doing it this season. That's first on my list, then I'll think about recruiting later."

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