Fla. LB Visiting UNC This Weekend

Patrick Johnson isn't the only Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely product scheduled to officially visit North Carolina this weekend. Teammate and best friend Ryan Lewis will also make the trek to Chapel Hill.

"I've been talking to North Carolina for a couple of weeks now," Lewis said. "I talk to Coach [John] Blake. He came by the school Monday and I talked to him the other day."

According to Lewis, UNC has extended the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder his first Division I-A scholarship offer. He also holds offers from Bethune-Cookman and Morgan State.

"[Blake] said [they like me as] either a ‘WILL' linebacker or strong safety," Lewis said.

For Blanche Ely, Lewis stars at linebacker, where he collected over 70 tackles and five forced fumbles during his senior season.

Lewis will officially visit Morgan State during the weekend of January 18th. He is also amid talks with Central Michigan about an official visit to check out the Chippewas.

Given the hectic status of his recruitment, Lewis is reluctant to name a leader.

"Right now, I'm wide open to tell you the truth," Lewis said. "New colleges are coming at me every day."

However, UNC is in good standing with Lewis.

"Right now, they are pretty high, because they have those freshmen playing," Lewis said. "But when I get up there [Friday], I'm going to really see."

Landing Lewis would apparently greatly improve UNC's chances with Johnson, who ranked as the top cornerback in the nation by Scout.com -- and visa versa.

"Me and Patrick are best of friends, so [each other's decision] is a big factor," Lewis said. "He wouldn't follow me to a school, but we'd have a good talk and it would be a tough decision for him."

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