Lewis has six in sights

Whitney Lewis is a 6-1, 215-pound athlete from Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure and the Seraphs already have one game under their belt. Last year's game against Dos Palos was a clash of veteran running backs - Lorenzo Booker and current Husky Kenny James. With those two players gone, the game wasn't as close as Lewis took control and the Bonnies won going away.

"We just came out to play," Whitney told Dawgman.com about the 52-0 whitewashing of Dos Palos. "Everybody was excited about the first game. Everybody did good on all parts - offense, defense, special teams." He caught 10 balls for 180 yards and also scored 2 touchdowns. To top it off, he also ran three times for 25 yards. But this coming week is another story. The Bonnies take on perennial power Hart, so this means Lewis will do double-duty. "I'll play defense this week against Hart. They are supposed to be pretty good."

The Seraphs will have a special guest back in their midst this weekend - Booker. Florida State has a game at home against Duke, but Lorenzo is redshirting this fall. "He'll be home on Thursday, so he'll be here for the game," Lewis said of his good friend and former teammate. Booker has been telling Whitney about how things have been at FSU. "He just said that college is a lot faster and the guys are bigger. He said it's a pretty big jump at first, but once you get in the groove there's no stopping you."

Not only are the players bigger and faster, but the coaches call your house more too. "The last couple of days it seems like there's been 11-12 calls a night," Lewis said. "Miami, Florida State, Washington, Oregon and Texas are the main ones." There are some that have stood out from the rest. "Well of course, Coach Lilly from Florida State. I really like him. He calls almost every Monday at 7 o'clock so I'm always around to get his calls. I love Coach Neuheisel too. He's one of the greatest. Talking to him on the phone...he's so enthusiastic. He's all over the place. I like talking to him too. He wants me to be the next Reggie Williams. He feels I can come in and do the same thing. I'm kind of thinking about going there too."

Official trips are the furthest thing from Whitney's mind right now, although he does have a pretty good idea of who he'll trip to when the time comes. "I'm going to wait until the season is over and then I'll set up all my trips," he said. "I'm going to visit Florida State, Miami, Washington, Texas and then either Oregon or I'm going to go out and visit Tennessee."

As of yesterday, Lewis has 25 standing offers to choose from, and while he does have some clear leaders, he's not ready to put one at the top of his list...at least yet. "Nah. I don't want to name a favorite just yet," he said. "No favoritism."

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