Rutgers Remains Interested In RB Lewis

Despite missing nearly all of his junior season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, Rutgers is one of a handful of schools continuing to recruit Montclair (N.J.) High running back Aubrey Lewis III. caught up with Lewis to get an update on his recruitment, rehab and what schools are telling him about potential offers.

Montclair (N.J.) High running back Aubrey Lewis III figured he would have a handful or two of offers by now, but that was before he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last season.

That is when everything changed. His mood sunk, his football season was over and his recruitment took a distinctively different path.

"When it first happened, a week later or two weeks later, I was thinking about not even playing football anymore," Lewis said. "At first, I took it real bad. I'm not going to lie. I never even thought about getting hurt, so I was depressed."

Lewis then leaned heavily on his support group, led by his grandfather and former Notre Dame star Aubrey Sr., and his father, former Eastern Michigan track star Aubrey Jr.

"I went to my father, and he talked to me," Lewis said, "and I went to my grandfather, and he talked to me …and I'm on the right track now."

The 5-foot-8, 165-pound Lewis is near the end of his rehab and targeting the 2011 season so he can start earning offers.

And although the interest isn't as high as Lewis thought it be prior to his injury, there is a quartet of schools remaining in contact with him.

"Rutgers is still sending me stuff every day," Lewis said. "I hear from UConn, Boston College a bunch, too. Virginia shows me a lot of love. I'm still getting tons of letters.

"(Rutgers offensive line) coach (Kyle) Flood talks to me a lot and the new offensive coordinator (Frank Cignetti) talks to me."

Lewis added he continues to get recruiting letters from a number of schools, but he isn't putting a lot of stock in those.

"I think the letters they send me know is just to keep me in their minds, I guess," he said. "But my dad said he's called some of the coaches, and all they're waiting on to offer is just to see me back on the field. They don't want to offer me when I'm injured. They want to see that I'm back and make sure my rehab went well."

Rehab should be concluded by mid-summer, with little question of whether he will be ready for the season. He is hoping to be cleared by doctors in late June or early July, but he will not compete in any 7-on-7 tournaments in the summer.

"Rehab is going good and the doctor said I'm ahead of schedule," Lewis said." I'm running now. The doctor said to chill out on the cutting, but I'm on the treadmill and I'm running outside of my rehab place and doing lunges.

"I think (the knee) is going to be stronger than it ever was when I'm done with the rehab."

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