Washington (DC) Gonzaga College High four-star cornerback Marcus Lewis picked up an offer from Syracuse recently. Despite having offers from some elite programs, Lewis was thrilled with the Orange scholarship offer.
"Basically, I found out from the director of recruiting (Eric White)," Lewis said. "I was excited. He said some big things. He said he was going to be totally honest with me, that he wants me to come in and start as a true freshman.
"Come in and make an immediate impact. Help them lock down some of the big teams in the ACC. I look forward to staying in touch with them in the future and getting down there for a visit."
While Lewis has not scheduled a visit, he is looking forward to checking out the program.
"I didn't really talk to them about a visit quite yet," Lewis said. "I'll probably talk to them about it within the next week or so. I definitely want to get up there."
The 6-foot-2 corner knows a little bit about the program, and has an interesting connection to the Orange.
"I know that they're kind of rebounding," Lewis said. "Actually, one of my coaches, Tenard Jackson, went to Syracuse University and he played in the NFL. He told me it's a good school and it's great academically. He said I should definitely consider it. He's not pushing me there but he's telling me about his time there. How he had a great time there.
"He knows I could play early there and he obviously likes that school, but he's going to let me go through the process. It definitely helps my impression of Syracuse because I know someone that's been in the program and has actually played in the league."
Despite being early in the process, Lewis knows exactly what he's looking for in a college program.
"First and foremost, academics plays a big part," Lewis said. "Being that I come from Gonzaga, that's a tough school. It's one of the toughest in the country. That's really important to me and my parents, and I want to continue that on in college.
"Secondly, just a place where I can fit in with both the players and coaches. Have a good relationship with those guys. Socially, somewhere I can fit in. Early playing time, to be honest with you. That's going to be play an important part."
Just because Lewis has offers from some of the bigger names in college football, doesn't mean he will fall victim to the bright lights. He wants to find the things underneath the flash to find the right fit.
"It's definitely about the right fit regardless of the name," Lewis said. "I don't care about the name. It could be Syracuse, it could be wherever. I'm trying to fit into a place. I want to go somewhere that feels right to me. Somewhere that feels like home for the next four years regardless of football."