Lewis' Stock is Soaring

Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa's Malachi Lewis, the 6-4, 210-pound athlete who rushed for over 2,200 yards as a junior, has seen his stock soar after running a very quick 40 in a recent combine, with scholarship offers having reached double digits. Where does he stand with UCLA?

Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa running back Malachi Lewis (6-4, 210) already is in double digits when it comes to scholarship offers. The two Los Angeles schools have yet to occupy spots on that list.

However, that could be changing.

Lewis said that UCLA is looking like the next school that will offer the four-star running back, who was recently ranked 16th nationally by Scout.com.

"UCLA said that I would be receiving an offer in the mail," said Lewis. "It came as a surprise to me. I hadn't heard a lot from them, but then they came by the school and they just told me I would be receiving something in the mail from them."

Lewis said that USC is another school that could be on the verge of offering and he's hoping to attend the Rising Senior camp at USC next week. "They haven't offered, but basically they told me when I'm ready to become a Trojan, to let them know and they will offer me then," said Lewis.

Lewis claims that he doesn't have a favorite and that he's pretty wide open at this point. Part of the reason he doesn't list a top school is because he's waiting on all of the offers to come in so he can whittle down his list. "Midway through the season I plan to narrow my top schools down, then I will take trips to those schools," said Lewis. "I won't be deciding until January."

A few other schools stood out to Lewis from his list of offers. "California has offered me and I'm looking at them. They're an in-state school and a good program," said Lewis. "I've been offered by Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Washington, Arizona, Oregon and Utah, too. I hear a lot from Georgia Tech surprisingly, too. Notre Dame has sent me some stuff and they might offer me."

An all-CIF selection in 2005, Lewis rushed for over 2,200 yards on 306 attempts and scored 24 touchdowns. He also had 12 receptions for 111 yards and added 15 tackles and an interception on defense.

Lewis saw his stock take a tremendous leap late last month when he clocked a 4.3 at the Ventura County Football Coaches combine, which even surprised him. "I knew I could run a good time, but I didn't think I would run it that fast," said Lewis.

While running back is the position he hopes to play in college, Lewis, because of his size, acknowledges that he may be destined for receiver or even defense. "Most schools have offered me as a running back, but some like me as an athlete and think I can play receiver or defense. If I played defense, I would play outside linebacker or free safety," Lewis said.

This weekend, Lewis will be at the B2G Elite Football Program in Thousand Oaks, where he will work with the running backs as well as dabble at receiver, linebacker and safety.

Academically, he has a 3.5 GPA took the SAT earlier this spring.


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