July 8, 2010

Beamer, Hokies extend 2012 offer to stud WR

Offers have started to go out for the 2012 recruiting class for the Hokies. Virginia Tech is one of a number of scholarships already on the table for a standout out-of-state wide receiver.

"I've gotten verbals offers by Pittsburgh, Maryland, Temple, Connecticut, Rutgers, JMU, Virginia Tech and Boston College," Plymouth (Pa.) Wyoming Valley West 2012 wide receiver Eugene Lewis said. "All of the offers have been recent. They probably started coming in about two months ago. Virginia Tech was a few weeks back."

The offers are a welcome addition for Lewis and he is thrilled by the news.

"It's exciting," he said. "I enjoy it. I know I've got a lot of time. It's definitely nice to know people are starting to look at me."

Have any of the offers surprised the breakout sophomore?

"Actually the Virginia Tech offer was a surprise and Maryland was because they were far out. I didn't know they'd come at me that early."

Interest is coming from other schools including Oklahoma, Penn State and Oregon as well.

Meanwhile, what's Lewis' take on the in-state schools?

"I like Penn State," he stated. "They are probably my college team just because it's close to home and I've visited up there. I like the facilities.

"My father went to Pittsburgh for a year for basketball before transferring to South Alabama. My aunt went to Pittsburgh for basketball too and she lives in Pittsburgh now. It's nice there, I've been up and I like them."

Despite his ties and interest in-state, Lewis maintains no dream school.

"I never really had a college I really liked," he said. "I'm just looking at all my options and talking to my family about it.

"I definitely want a good coach and a good family college. I want a team where I'll have a chance to win a national championship and somewhere I'd be surrounded by other good players. I would like to be somewhere my family can come see me play, not too far away."

Lewis has visited a few schools to date, but not Virginia Tech. Does he know anything about the Hokies?

"Actually I like Virginia Tech a lot," he said. "I liked them when I was growing up. They would probably be in my top five right now. I don't know totally why. I've just always liked them and the way they do things. The offense is good and they really use their speed."

Lewis busted out on both sides of the ball as a sophomore hauling in 31 receptions for 772-yards and nine touchdowns. He added four more scores, throwing for three and rushing for one while racking up 345-yards on the ground. He also posted four interceptions on defense while earning all-conference honors.

Clearly a versatile threat, Lewis touched on what sticks out about him as a player.

"It's definitely my length," he said. "I'm pretty long and can jump. I still want to work on my speed and get bigger, those are my main focuses now."

Not just content to be a star performer on the gridiron, Lewis is a talent on the hardwood as well.

"I was all-conference last year averaging 21-points per game," he said. "I know Bucknell, Maryland and Baylor have come in to look at me for basketball. My main focus though is football."

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