Four-star athlete prospect Malachi Lewis (6-3, 215, 4.48) from Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa started the recruiting process as an obscure prospect from Ventura County. That all changed this past spring when Lewis racked up an abundance of offers and is now known from coast-to-coast.
There aren't many guys who have the size and speed combo that Lewis has. How many guys who are just a shade under 6-foot-4 and weigh in at 215-pounds do you know who can run the 100-meter in 10.83?
Lewis recently ran a 10.83 in a league meet, and his stock has become scorching.
The speedy big man backed up his heady 100 time with an outstanding 4.31 40 time at the Ventura County Combine in front of a host of D-I coaches. Lewis picked up six offers the very next day and four the day after that.
The latest two teams to offer Lewis are Ole Miss and Washington.
Lewis was at USC's Rising Senior Camp yesterday and though he played with tired legs because he just finished the Beyond 2000 Elite Camp and he still he ran 4.47 electronic 40 time.
Again that is moving for a big man.
"The USC camp was pretty good," Lewis said. "I played running back at this camp and did okay."
Apparently Lewis has a quasi offer from USC and could solidify it when the time is right.
"USC told me to call them when I want to be a Trojan," Lewis said. "They told me that over a month ago."
"I'm just real open at this time and I want to see how the season plays out."
As a running back Lewis carried the rock 306 times for 2,187 yards and 24 touchdowns. His long run was a 75-yarder and he averaged 7.1 yards per carry. He also played some defense racking up 15 tackles and one pick.
Lewis saw his performance earn him first-team all-CIF, all-county, all-league and League Player of the Year. He was second-team all-state underclassman and second-team super-CIF.