Montclair Athlete Getting Rutgers Interest

MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Montclair High's already talented skill position corps received an upgrate when 5-foot-8, 165-pound Aubrey Lewis III transferred from Paramus Catholic. Lewis will be fixture in the backfield, receiver and at cornerback, and during's visit to see the Mounties scrimmage this week, he spoke about his transition, recruiting and his recent trip to Rutgers.

MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Aubrey Lewis III is one of the top names in New Jersey's class of 2012, and he is comfortable with his stature as one of the state's premier junior athletes.

The Montclair High running back, receiver and cornerback is hoping his recruiting profile picks up Wednesday, the first day college coaches can begin emailing and Facebook messaging members of the 2012 class.

However, unlike previous years, written offers cannot be received until Aug. 1, 2011, after the NCAA passed new legislation in the summer.

"I'm hearing from Rutgers, but other than that, nothing really," the 5-foot-8, 165-pound Lewis said. "Hopefully, Sept. 1 it speeds up a little bit."

Earlier this month Lewis made a trip to a Rutgers practice with several teammates, and liked what he saw from the Scarlet Knights.

"They asked me to come to a practice with (safety) Aamad Bush and (defensive tackle) Julian Pinnix," Lewis said. "I think I'm definitely on their radar. I love the school. It's a beautiful school. When I went there for practice, I love how practice was done. The tempo is awesome. I loved it."

Lewis certain has name recognition. His grandfather, Aubrey Sr., starred at Paramus Catholic and Notre Dame. His father, Aubrey Jr., is the track coach at Montclair State and was a track star at Eastern Michigan.

As a sophomore at Paramus Catholic, Lewis III ran for 1,200 yards, but transferred to Montclair.

"Last year I was real young," Lewis said. "I started as a freshman, and they threw me in the fire real quick. Sophomore year, I got used to it. I started at running back and was carrying a load, but I definitely got used to it, so I'm definitely ready to go this year."

Montclair brought in first-year coach John Fiore, who installed a multiple offense. It also put Lewis on equal footing as the rest of the Mounties in learning a new offense.

"It's actually similar. I picked it up quick," Lewis said. "I come from a football family. We talk about football 24-7."

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