UCLA Getting On Lewis Late

Malachi Lewis, the 6-4, 210-pound athlete from Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa, could be one of the best all-around athletes, combing good size and speed. He talked about his recruitment, the schools he's visiting officially, and how the Bruins are showing late interest in him...

Malachi Lewis is being recruited to play as many as four positions.

The 6-4, 210-pound athlete from Rio Mesa in Oxnard, Calif., is ranked as the #6 strongside linebacker in the country by Scout.com but, with his legit 4.6 speed in the 40, he's been told he could play running back, receiver and safety as well. Some schools have even mentioned tight end to him as a possible destination.

If Lewis has his way, offense will be where he sticks and, not coincidentally, the six schools remaining on his list all have designs on him playing offense in college.

"Really, I'm just looking for the best opportunity to play. I prefer to play running back or receiver," said Lewis. "My top six are Ole Miss, Cal, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oregon and UCLA."

Lewis has a scholarship offer from all of those schools but UCLA, yet the Bruins are making a late charge for him. Lewis indicated that if UCLA did offer, it'd move the Bruins up the list considerably. "I've been talking with Coach (D.J.) McCarthy and he wants me as a receiver," said Lewis. "If they offer me and want me to take a trip, then I'll go there for my last one."

This weekend, Lewis will visit Georgia Tech and the fifth trip will come down to UCLA and a possible return trip down South and a visit to Georgia. He visited Ole Miss, Oregon and Cal in December.

"I haven't had any in-homes yet, but Oregon will be coming next week," said Lewis.

Boise State was one of the first schools to offer Lewis, offering him last spring, and he said he's still somewhat considering the Broncos. "Especially after watching them in that bowl game, they're a nice team," said Lewis.

Lewis, who has over 30 offers, said he will probably not make his decision until closer to Signing Day."I'll probably decide then, if not then right before," said Lewis.

As a senior, Lewis rushed for over 1,500 yards and 30 touchdowns for the Spartans, who won the Pacific View League title and advanced to the CIF Northern Division quarterfinals.

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