Lewis on Syracuse Pledge

Middletown High School wide receiver Ben Lewis was extremely productive as a junior and while his team sits in the Class AA ranks, they're forced to play above their heads because of their success. We talked to Lewis about his commitment to Syracuse on Saturday and what he plans to do with his degree in a few years.

Ben Lewis, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound wideout from Middletown, Md., is the newest addition to the Class of 2012 for the Orange and he talked about the importance of the coaching staff and Syracuse's academic reputation in his decision.

"I was up at camp and committed last night," Lewis said. "They run their program more as a family and not as a business, so for me it was about the coaches and how they handle themselves and the players that are part of the program. A coach that really played a big part in my commitment and recruiting was Rob Moore. Coach Moore teaches you in a way that is easy to understand and is a really good guy overall. Knowing that he played at Syracuse and then went on and was very successful in the NFL was huge to know for me."

"The campus environment was great because the athletes stay in their own little section and have apartments," Lewis added. "I also want to major in Communications and Syracuse has one of the best Communications Schools in the country which is a big plus. I really want to go into Broadcasting in sports after football because I've always grown up watching the sport, so it's something I wanted to do since an early age. I really like John Anderson from SportsCenter and that's the type of work I want to get into when I leave Syracuse."

"They'll have me playing on the outside up there, but they didn't specify whether I'll play the Z or the X for them," Lewis explained. "I think I do a good job of going up for the ball and I'm big and physical. I'd like to refine my route running and just sticking my foot in the ground and getting quicker in and out of cuts at this point."

As a junior, Lewis caught 48 passes for 911 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had 73 tackles and eight sacks on defense. For his play on the field, he was named first-team All-Conference on offense and defense and first-team All-Gazette on offense. He was also second-team All-State.

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