Following the South Florida All-Star Game, Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna offensive tackle Gregory Lewis was disappointed that the Broward County team lost 21-20 in overtime to Dade County, but still was glad he participated in the event.
"It was a great experience," Lewis said. "It was my second high school game of the year, last one. We just came up short to the better team tonight. We are all good, but they just pulled it out."
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman has just begun to emerge over the past month. His late arrival on the recruiting scene is due in part to him having to improve his academics, which he has done, as well as the fact that he is relatively new to football.
"I have just played the last two years," Lewis said. "I've had a lot of coaches coaching me up. They have helped to build me up. My offensive line coach and a coach at University School have worked a lot with me. They have motivated me and molded me to where I am today."
Recently, Lewis got good news when Florida Atlantic extended an offer. Since receiving that initial offer, Massachusetts has also extended an offer.
"I just couldn't believe it," Lewis said. "All this hard work paid off."
His first offer was personally delivered by Florida Atlantic Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger. Lewis enjoyed meeting the coaching legend.
"He is a real good dude," Lewis said. "He showed me his rings. His rings are awesome. He is just a real good person overall. I just really liked him when I first met him."
With interest just starting to pick up, the South Florida prospect has yet to schedule any official visits.
"I haven't set any visits up yet," Lewis said. "But I do plan to take some of my visits."
Lewis said he expects to visit Florida Atlantic and Florida International for sure. While he will definitely look at schools close to home, he isn't against going away for his college career.
"It doesn't matter," Lewis said. "Whatever benefits me, or wherever I feel I fit in at, I will go there."