2012 Standout Talks Rutgers Visit

Wyoming Valley West High (Plymouth, Pa.) receiver Eugene Lewis, along with many of his teammates, visited Rutgers last week. Lewis will be one of the class 0f 2012's top recruits in the northeast, and he talked to ScarletReport.com about his trip. He also talked about his position change in high school for the 2010 season, whether it will last, and if he has any favorite schools.

A couple handfuls of players from Wyoming Valley West High (Plymouth, Pa.) attended Rutgers practice last week, including class of 2012 standout Eugene Lewis.

It served as his introduction to Rutgers, a school which verbally offered him in the summer, and gave him a chance to learn about the Scarlet Knights and meet with several members of the coaching staff, including Greg Schiano.

"I went to practice and we went inside the (Hale Center) and saw some of the facilities," he said. "I got to talk to the head coach, (assistant) coach (Bob) Fraser, (player development director) coach Tariq (Ahmad)," Lewis said. "Coach (Schiano) said that they saw my highlight tape and they really like me, and he said that they were going to recruit me hard. He's a really good guy."

The 6-foot-1 ½, 185-pound Lewis has upwards of a dozen verbal offers, including from Pittsburgh, Maryland, Oklahoma, Penn State, Oregon and Connecticut.

However, none are standing out, and Lewis said he is using visits like the one to Rutgers to gain knowledge of the recruiting process, and interested schools.

"Right now I'm just looking around and seeing what team I do like," Lewis said. "I never really had a team growing up. I'm just taking my time."

Lewis will be one of the region's most heavily recruited players, even though he will be playing out of position this season.

After catching 31 passes for 772 yards and nine touchdowns in 2009, he is expecting to play quarterback for Wyoming Valley West this season.

"I'll probably be playing quarterback this year," Lewis said. "So, I'll be a big part of the offense this year. We really don't have anybody else (to play quarterback). I played some of it last year because I was the backup quarterback. I'm pretty used to it."

However, there is no mistaking where Lewis wants to play in college.

"I would like to go back to wide receiver next year," Lewis. "If something happens where somebody can give me the ball, then I'll be at wide receiver. If not, then I'll be at quarterback next year also."

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