Lewis Hears from Notre Dame

Malachi Lewis, of Rio Mesa high school (Oxnard, Calif.), is the type of prospect top programs have been targeting the last several years. Scout.com's No.16 running back prospect is an athlete that can play several positions on either side of the ball, and that is what has caught Notre Dame's attention.

Notre Dame has been really begun focusing in on recruiting prospects that are athletic and flexible. Malachi Lewis (6-foot-4, 208 pounds) doesn't have an offer from the Irish yet, but the Irish staff is certainly going to take a long look at him.

"Coach Polian came to the school and picked up my film when they were taking other recruiting trips," Lewis explained of Notre Dame's interest in him. "He said he wanted to take my tape back because his running back coach had asked about me twice already.

"I really haven't talked to them about [a position]. He said that they were really excited about me as a player and that I didn't have to worry because Notre Dame was going to recruit me. They sent a transcript request, and they said they couldn't offer until the admissions office accepted me. I haven't talked to my coach about it, but supposedly they have [sent the transcripts]."

Lewis has plenty of scholarship options, but it is early in the recruiting process and he's going to let things come to him.

"I'm open right now. I'm just waiting for the season to start because I want to see what teams do," Lewis explained. "Things change from year to year and a dynasty can't be forever. Georgia Tech has been showing a lot of interest in me right now; Nebraska, Michigan, and Oregon.

"UCLA said they're only giving ten scholarships this year. Then three weeks ago they sent me a text message that said they had a surprise coming in the mail. I haven't gotten it yet, so I'll probably call them tomorrow to see what's up."

"I told USC I wasn't going to commit anytime soon and that I was going to wait to see how the season turned out," Lewis continued. "They said, 'we like players that are committed to us, because we're committed to you. Call us back when you're ready to be a Trojan.'"

That call likely won't come soon for any team as Lewis is going to take his time making his college choice.

"I'm going to take my official visits during the season," he said. "Teams will pretty much eliminate themselves by the season they have. I want to go to a winning team that puts themselves in position to win a national championship. It's a matter of their style of play, what their record is, and whether I have a chance to play.

"Anything can happen. I'm just waiting for the season to start. Everybody is supposed to be good, at lest that's what they're saying. I want to see it."

As a junior Lewis rushed for 2,187 yards and 24 touchdowns.


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