A Social Network for Lewis

The days of college coaches making the initial contact with recruits in person seem to be waning, at least in the case of four-star wide receiver Eugene Lewis. Lewis has gotten plenty of offers, but the one from Wisconsin was high tech.

MADISON - Just like how it has revolutionized the way people interact and the media reports, social media has changed the way college coaches recruit high school players.

Four star wide receiver Eugene Lewis from Wyoming Valley West (PA) HS is a prime example.

A versatile athlete, Lewis has done a bit of everything throughout his brief tenure. As a sophomore, Lewis caught 31 passes for 772 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with four interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.

Last season with his team needing depth, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete moved to quarterback and had over 1,000 yards rushing and passing, 18 rushing touchdowns and 12 passing touchdowns.

After viewing his highlight tape, the Wisconsin coaches offered Lewis as a receiver, but he didn't find out about it until he checked his recruiting profile on the Internet.

"It was on my Scout profile and I was surprised because I hadn't really talked to any of the coaches there," Lewis told Badger Nation. "I haven't had too much contact with them, so it was really out of nowhere."

Continuing on the social media track, Thomas Hammock followed up the surprise offer my contacting Lewis through Facebook.

"He sent me a message asking me about my interest in Wisconsin and I told him that I was keeping all my options open," Lewis said. "We haven't talked a lot. I would probably say, because I haven't really talked to their coaches, they wouldn't be on my top list of schools because of the contact. I really don't know too much about them still."

Wisconsin is far from alone in the recruitment of Lewis, as the receiver ranked No.14 in the country has offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple, Virginia and Virginia Tech among others.

But unlike Wisconsin, Lewis has been in heavy contact throughout the spring with Boston College, Maryland, Penn State and Virginia Tech.

"I have a lot of offers, but they have been coming at me the hardest," Lewis said. "I am pretty sure I am going to start narrowing my list by the end of June. There are still some schools coming in, so I want to see which ones are going to offer me."

This spring, Lewis was one of the standouts in the Nike Performance Training Camp held on the Penn State campus, proving that he is one of the best prospects in the region. Lewis has also taken the time this spring to visit N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

"One of my coaches went to Virginia Tech, so he's told me about them a lot and told me what to expect from them," Lewis said. "South Carolina was a great place. I had never been down there before. They have a beautiful campus and great coaches and a good program. It was good to see those schools."

Lewis has an advantage going through the recruiting process, as his dad played college basketball at Pittsburgh before transferring to South Alabama.

"I really didn't think I would be getting the attention that I am," Lewis said, "so this is really a great opportunity for me."


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