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December 7, 2011

Tough decisions for Lewis

Penn State commit Eugene Lewis has been forced to make some tough decisions lately.

Not only is the program he committed to going through an unexpected coaching change, but the four-star wide receiver had to also make a sudden change in high schools recently, one that wasn't the easiest of decisions emotionally.

"My father is a reverend," Lewis said. "He was offered to come to a new church, First Church of Christ in Wilkes Barre. He decided to take the opportunity and with that he was given a house to stay close.

"I only have six more months left at home and he wanted me to be with him. I mean, I want to be with my family, so I had to do it, but it was tough saying goodbye to everyone (at Wyoming Valley West). I had a lot of teachers there that were very important to me and of course all my friends. Family comes first though."

Lewis' new school will be E.L. Meyers, which is part of the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. While he never expected to graduate from there, he does still have high hopes for Penn State, the school he verbally committed to play football at back in August.

With everything going on in Happy Valley recently, Lewis continues to stress that he won't make any decisions regarding college until after the next Nittany Lion head coach is hired. However, that hasn't stopped multiple schools from showing interest, including Penn State's in-state rival.

"Pitt came to my school yesterday but that's it," Lewis said. "It was Coach Graham's son. I listened to what he had to say and he told me that I could contact them if I'm interested, but I made it clear that I'm still committed to Penn State."

The only other programs Lewis has even spoken with lately are Florida and Oregon. He added that Pitt is also the only school that has visited him, outside of Penn State of course.

"Coach Anderson actually came in today," Lewis said Tuesday evening. "I actually was just about to leave school, so I was telling him why and everything, and he just said that it's even more important to stay in touch now. He said that I'm really important to them and that they really want me to still come to Penn State. He said that now that I'm going to Meyers, he'll come there to see me now."

Lewis plans to participate on the E.L. Meyers basketball team this winter. He totaled 2,546 yards and 38 touchdowns playing quarterback during his senior season at Wyoming Valley West.

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