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Malachi Lewis (6-4, 210, 4.31) from Rio Mesa High in Oxnard, Calif. Competed in a Ventura (Calif.) combine last weekend and some swore he was wearing a cape when he crossed the finish line in his forty yard dash.

"I ran a 4.31," Lewis said. "The Oregon coaches timed me at 4.35, though." Lewis said he had 13 scholarship offers before the combine and quickly added to his total after the combine performance.

"There were about 38 coaches out there," Lewis said. "I couldn't talk to any of them, but the coaches had a viewing session before the combine and my coach said a lot of them were asking about me and they left a lot of mail form me. Then after the combine, I got calls from coaches and they offered me. Fresno State called and offered, Oregon, Cal, Michigan, Ole Miss, San Diego State and BYU told me they were going to offer."

That brings Lewis' scholarship total to 20 and he was asked how much interest UCLA and USC were showing.

"Coach (Jim) Svoboda (offensive coordinator) came by the school about two weeks ago and he brought back Coach Dorrell the following week to see me, but I don't know what's going on with that. Pete Carroll came out to watch me practice and they (USC) will be back next week. He said if I have a good practice, he'll offer me then. The last time he came I was still on the track field, but they want to see me on the football field." Lewis doesn't have any plans for visits or trips this summer and might wait to take any trips until the fall.

"I don't have any plans for any camps yet," Lewis said. "I'll talk that over with my family if I decide to attend any school's camps. I might just wait on deciding on any trips until the season, because I really want to see how teams do this season." With 20 offers in hand, Lewis said he'll consider every school that has offered and narrow his list down sometime during the summer.

"I don't have a favorite, I don't care about the weather and I could end up on the West or East Coast," Lewis said. "You have to do what's best for you, but the weather won't play a factor in my decision at all."

Last season Lewis all-CIF selection in 2005, 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. Although his numbers at running back are extremely impressive, not all schools are recruiting Lewis as a running back.

"A lot of schools are recruiting me for a specific position," Lewis said. "Nebraska is recruiting me as an h-back and they want to motion me out for screen passes and stuff like that, Pete Carroll told my coach he likes me as a running back and Michigan said they like me as a receiver. So, I'm being recruited for the offensive said of the ball." Lewis was asked if he preferred to play any specific position in college.

"I'm going to go to the school I like best and worry about what position I play later," Lewis said.


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