Many analysts feel that basketball players can make good football players and vice versa. Sometimes that is true and that point is proven with our latest prospect, Marquavius Lewis of Greenwood High School. Marquavius is the latest player to be featured in our "UP NEXT" series.
Lewis is already an all-state basketball player and ranked amongst the top hoops prospects in the state. Last year he also suited up for the Eagles on the football field and the results were pretty impressive. Standing 6'5 223 pounds Lewis lined up at linebacker a great deal last year but saw time as a wide receiver as well. The jumbo athlete is already drawing plenty of early attention as a number of schools that have visited Greenwood during spring practice have started the recruiting process.
What did those coaches have to say about him?
"They were all saying I have good size and that they are looking forward seeing more of me my senior year. Most say they are recruiting me as a linebacker and some of them say they wanna try me as a defensive end."
With that being said Lewis says he does prefer the position he's already been accustomed to lining up at so far.
"I prefer linebacker right now because I'm more comfortable at it."
Lewis says he had a solid junior season but he doesn't recall his stats. He does remember his best game though.
"My best game was against Mauldin because I was named Player of the Week for the team with 11 tackles and 3 sacks."
The 2012 prospect also talked about where he felt his strengths and weaknesses are and what he'll be doing to improve this off season.
"My strengths are finding the football and never giving up on a play. I'm going to continue to work on getting stronger, faster, and increasing my football IQ."
Lewis says his basketball prowess has helped translate to his success on the football field too.
"I've made all-region and MVP for basketball and think basketball helped me with my jumping ability and awareness."
With schools already in the mix the 6'5 223 pounder says he hopes to hit the road some this off seaon in order to take some visits.
"I plan on visiting North Carolina State, and hopefully Illinois and Maryland too."
For now Lewis says he's wide open to any schools that want to come and recruit him and he talked about what factors will carry the most weight in his decision making process.
"Education and where I'm most comfortable at. Location too."
Lewis and the Eagles enjoyed a successful season but fell at the hands of a player that he says was the toughest he faced all season last year.
"Justin Worley the quarterback from Northwestern was the toughest player I saw last season because he defeated us on the biggest stage in high school football."
The Eagles lost in the AAAA Division II state championship game to Northwestern 42-10.
The Eagles and Lewis are hoping to make a return to the game once again this coming season but emerge victorious this time. With Lewis and the likes of RB D.J. Goodman, WR Spearman Robinson, and LB Davon Durant returning they are one of the favorites in the AAAA Division II class.
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