Change has been in the air for Marcus Lewis. The four-star defensive back decided earlier this month that he will not transfer to Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy and will instead stay put at Washington D.C. Gonzaga Prep.
“I just wanted to stay home with friends and family and win the championship with the guys I have been working hard with for two years,” Lewis explained.
He also decided to put his Florida commitment to the test by visiting other schools. Miami, Oregon, Ole Miss, and Maryland have been identified as his other official visit destinations, but no dates for those trips have been set yet. On the other hand he has made firm plans for an unofficial visit to Michigan.
“I’ve been talking to Coach Hoke and Coach Manning and those guys. I just think it’s best that I just take a look, that’s all. I will take a look at it. I’ll be out here next month for the barbecue.”
Persistence has been a major key in Michigan staying alive thus far. The point man in the Wolverines’ pursuit has been safeties coach Curt Mallory, but the major assist he is getting from his fellow staff members helped prove to Lewis even more what a priority he is for the Maize & Blue.
“I still communicate with Coach Mallory… I communicate with him, Coach Manning, Coach Mattison and Coach Hoke,” he said. “So I have four different (Michigan) coaches. They are real chill. Coach Manning, he is a young dude. I know that I can vibe with him and talk to him about anything. He is a young dude and he is cool.”
“They are consistent. They’ve been hitting me up on a daily basis and I was talking to those guys. We just developed a good relationship and I’m going to go down there and visit and see how I like it.”
Even Michigan’s recruits are getting in on the act.
In order for the Maize & Blue (or any other suitor) to loosen Florida’s grip some key criteria must be met.
“Just wherever feels like home,” he said. “Vibing with the coaches and have early play time. Somewhere I can come in and play immediately as a true freshman. Those will probably be the big things (that determine the victor).”
Based on his decision to stay home for his final year of high school an obvious question is will distance from home be a more significant factor when he makes his college choice this time around?
“You could say that,” Lewis replied. “You could say that, definitely.”