Days after he competed at the Tri-State Showcase, Eddie Lewis was back in front of the Rutgers staff for an extended look during the Scarlet Knights’ one-day camp in Piscataway.
Lewis, a three-star wide receiver from Middletown (N.J.) Mater Dei received a Rutgers offer from coach Chris Ash and wide receivers coach Jafar Williams not long after the new regime assembled on the Banks.
“Coach Ash, coach Williams just wanted me to come through to this (camp), get a little personal workout in,” said Lewis, who spoke in length with Ash in a one-on-one sit-down after camp. “Me and a couple of the wide receivers and the quarterback (were) working on some routes that they run (at Rutgers), see how I do in that. Then they wanted me to get some one-on-ones, things like that.”
Lewis’ takeaway was firm on the fact that he left the camp a better ballplayer.
“It was good,” Lewis said. “I had progress. I came here to get work done, get better — that’s what I plan to do every single day. When I do workouts, step on the field, it’s to get better and that’s what I did.”
The 6-foot, 172-pounder explained that the ways in which the coaches at Rutgers go about practicing and working out is one aspect that stood out.
Lewis related to the balance that coaches like Ash, Williams, offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer and running backs coach Zak Kuhr have between their seriousness of improving and having fun in doing so.
He also spent down time during the camp with Rutgers quarterback commit Johnathan Lewis, who took in the camp as a spectator with his father.
“It’s real good — it’s fun, it’s fun,” Eddie Lewis said of working with the Rutgers coaching staff. “They don’t make the situations too hard. They want to have fun in doing what they do, and that’s the main thing. I like that about it — it’s about having fun because I play football to have fun. I love it and I take it personal. But at the same token, it’s not gonna be what you want it you don’t have fun.”
Eddie Lewis emphasized that his focus is centered on leading his team at Mater Dei throughout the summer and into the fall for his senior year.
But after releasing a top-five list of Rutgers, Indiana, North Carolina, Boston College and Syracuse, Lewis said he is closer to a decision on where to spend the next four years.
“Probably just a couple of more visits and that’s it — nothing too big,” he said. “I mean, I’m just chilling out, getting ready for my senior year, getting ready to make this commitment soon.”
“Probably next month,” he said.