Miami Pledge Enjoys Visit

North Carolina recruiting coordinator John Blake showed his abilities as a recruiter last week. In just a handful of days, Blake was able to convince Jeremy Lewis, a Miami pledge, to officially visit North Carolina over the weekend.

"John Blake contacted me last week for the first time," Lewis said. "He was just telling me how good the environment is, how great a coach he is, experience he has, the chances I'd have at North Carolina – things like that."

Almost immediately, Lewis moved his Clemson official visit back to January 18th and squeezed in travel plans to UNC for the suddenly vacant weekend of January 11th. The shuffling has proved to be fruitful for the 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive tackle from West Palm Beach (Fla.) Palm Beach Lakes.

"It was real nice," said Lewis regarding his UNC official. "I was out with the players. I had a good time with the coaches, talking to them. The environment was very nice. The people were great. I'm glad I looked into North Carolina, because it was a good experience for me."

Freshman defensive tackle Marvin Austin hosted Lewis during his UNC stay, which was his first to the state of North Carolina.

"He was just telling me ‘Come be apart of the program' and how he would love to play beside me" Lewis said. "A great defensive line, that's where the game starts at. If you have four good defensive linemen, then everybody will have one-on-one [blocking]. But if there's just one main player, the player is going to be double-teamed and there will be no penetration."

Lewis had more defensive line talk during a one-on-one meeting with Blake, who also coaches UNC's D-line.

"[We talked about] my college decision and how he can make me a better player," Lewis said. "He said he would coach me to my best potential and ability, and help me try to become a first round draft pick."

During his closing meeting, Butch Davis touched on the same theme as Blake, Lewis said, as well as several other topics.

"[He discussed] how he's going to get the program turned around, how he would love to have me as a player," Lewis said. "He said he would coach and teach me and make sure I would have a great experience at North Carolina."

Lewis wasn't willing to divulge how his UNC visit affected his recruitment.

"I don't want to say too much," Lewis said. "... Like I tell everybody – I'm still verbally committed to Miami. I'm just doing what's best for me and my family."

On Signing Day Lewis will announce his final decision.

"[I'll be comparing] the coaches, the environment, the people, the opportunity that I'll have there, and the potential to become a great player and have a great college experience," Lewis said.

Before Signing Day, Lewis will take official visits to Clemson and Miami (Feb. 1st). He has also already taken official trips to LSU and Tennessee.

Lewis says all five schools are very much under consideration.

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