"He's a combo guy," Byrd assistant coach Tripp Stone said. "He's got the speed to make you miss and he's a real powerful kid too. He ran through [Virginia Tech signee Dahman] McKinnon quite a few times in the South View game. One play in particular – in the [news]paper there was a real nice picture – Dahman is lying at [Lewis'] feet and he's stepping over top of him. We play real good competition here and he's always been successful. He has always run with power, but he's gotten better with his shiftiness. And he catches the ball well, so he's a really well rounded kid. He can do it all."
Lewis became a varsity starter as a freshman, but was overshadowed the past three seasons by backfield mate Lorenzo Pooler.
"Last year, [Lewis] did a lot of the blocking," Stone said. "He was the bigger one of the two, so he did a lot more blocking. Our running backs have to be able to block and carry the ball – we don't run in a traditional I backfield. That way, everybody gets a piece of the ball. The great thing about what we do: there's no focus on one guy. So it makes it hard on the defense to dig in on one person."
That method enabled Byrd to post a 13-1 record with its lone loss coming against eventual NCHSAA 3AA Champion Northern Guilford.
Despite sharing the ball, Lewis rushed for 884 yards and 11 touchdowns on 105 carries (8.42 average) and had 14 receptions for 263 yards and three scores. Later in the season, he became Byrd's punt returner, scoring on one of his five attempts (he had a punt return touchdown called back) and posted a 25.2-yard average. He also saw limited action on defense where he returned an interception 84 yards to pay dirt.
"He's a really well rounded player," Stone said. "He does a lot of things to help the team. We like to two-platoon for the program's sake, because we like to play at a high level."
With Pooler exhausting his eligibility, Lewis will have every opportunity to shine in 2012.
"Next year will be his feature year," Stone said. "Next year, we're going to try to get him the ball a lot more than before."
Lewis is awaiting his first scholarship offer, but is receiving interest from schools throughout the nation. The schools showing the most interest are Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Stanford, and UCLA.
"He has great film and I expect [interest] to pick up," Stone said. "… He's gotten letters from everywhere. It just takes that one school to offer and everybody else will jump on board."
Recently, Stone received a call from Vic Koenning, who recruits the Fayetteville area for UNC.
"He just said he had a strong interest in Garry and he really wanted to see him in person and wanted to invite him to their junior day on the 18th [of February]," Stone said.
"I'm interested in learning what North Carolina has to offer and meeting its coaching staff," Lewis said.
With academics a priority, Lewis has the most interest in Stanford.
"I think it's a good school academically and sports wise," Lewis said. "I think it's a good place to get my business administration degree."
In addition to football, Lewis is a member of Byrd's basketball and track and field teams. In track, he runs the 200-meter dash where his personal best time is 21 seconds… Besides sports, Lewis excels in the classroom. He ended the fall semester of his junior year with a 4.0 GPA.