It appears athlete prospect Malachi Lewis (6-3, 215, 4.55) from Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa is about to explode and become one of the most talked about players on the west. There is a buzz amongst college coaches about Lewis and yesterday four schools showed up on the Oxnard campus with the promise of more to come.
"(UCLA) Coach Karl Dorrell came by the school today (Monday May 8th) and liked what he saw in Malachi," Rio Mesa coach Bob Gregorchuk said. "Then he asked me where I thought he would play on the next level."
"I told him with his body type and athleticism, he could play wherever you want him," Gregorchuk said. "Coach Dorrell agreed and said he could bulk to 235 with ease."
"Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian was also impressed," Gregorchuk said. "He told me that Malachi is really catching on and he wanted to see what it was all about."
"Coach Polian told me he had only seen a couple of clips and he liked what he saw," Gregorchuk said. "He requested some game tape so we burned him some games and he was pretty happy with that."
"Dan Fidler from Arizona State and Jeff Mills from Idaho also showed up came by today, too," Gregorchuk said. "Like everyone else, both coaches liked Malachi."
Nebraska was ahead of the recruiting curve and was first to offer Lewis a scholarship. Utah offensive line coach Charlie Dickey came by Rio Mesa two weeks ago and claimed offering Lewis was a no brainer. The Utes promptly sent out a written offer.
USC head coach Pete Carroll came out two weeks ago and told Gregorchuk that an offer would be on its way.
Other schools that have found their way to the Rio Mesa campus are Georgia Tech and Boise State. Washington and Washington State have also shown an interest in Lewis.
Lewis earned first-team all-CIF, all-county, all-league and was League Player of the Year after rushing for 2,187 yards and 24 touchdowns. He was second-team all-state underclassman and second-team super-CIF as a junior. He also played some defense racking up 15 tackles and one pick.
You can bet that Rio Mesa will be D-I coach's hotspot for the rest of the spring period.
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