Lewis Caps Rutgers' Banner Class

Rutgers coach Mike Rice concluded an incredible first recruiting class Friday when Scout.com's 15th-rated center gave the Scarlet Knights a non-binding oral commitment. Greg Lewis of St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) picked the Scarlet Knights over Maryland and South Florida. Lewis is the seventh member of the class.

First-year Rutgers coach Mike Rice put the capper on an already stellar recruiting class when St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) center Greg Lewis gave the Scarlet Knights a non-binding oral commitment a few minutes ago.

Lewis, who is 6-foot-8, 220 pounds, is Scout.com's 15th-rated center in the 2011 class. In the end, it came down to the Scarlet Knights, Maryland and South Florida.

"I know up at Rutgers there is plenty of playing time," Lewis said. "It definitely takes a lot of pressure off me. Everything is about opportunity, so I felt it was the right place for me.

"I think I can play a lot. I can play the five, but it's not my strength."

Lewis is the final piece on Rice's amazing recruiting class.

He landed point guards Myles Mack and Jerome Seagears, power forwards Derrick Randall and Kadeem Jack, wing Malick Kone and shooting guard Michael Taylor.

And those players had a hand in getting Lewis to Rutgers. He knows Mack and Kone well, and they helped recruit Lewis.

"I've been talking to them," Lewis said. "It (was) kind of 50-50 with them recruiting me."

During an official visit to Rutgers earlier this month, Lewis said he bonded well with the players and gained an appreciation for the dedication and hard work of the coaching staff.

"I learned a lot about coach Mike Rice," Lewis said. "I learned about his style of play and the way he coaches."

Lewis said he told Rice and associate head coach David Cox via a phone call.

"They were excited," said Lewis, who explained what he liked about the program. "I enjoyed the campus when I went up there on an unofficial visit (in the summer) and I enjoyed the atmosphere."

Players cannot sign binding national letters of intent until Nov. 10, the first day of the early signing period.

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