After declaring Florida his leader on Sunday, it didn't take long for Rivals100 defensive back Marcus Lewis to decide Gainesville was the place for him. On Thursday evening the Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga star committed to the Gators.
"I've committed to Florida," said the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Lewis. "I called the coaches yesterday to let them know and, out of respect, I called the other coaches today to say thank you for the opportunity."
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A few things really drew Lewis to Florida.
"I liked the hands-on recruiting by coach Muschamp and coach T-Rob," he said. "I can come in there and play early. They don't have a lot of defensive backs. A few left after last year and Vernon could be gone soon too. They are constantly putting defensive backs in the pros and they need some more so my ability to come in and step on the field is tremendous."
It is widely known that Lewis is close with 2014 five star defensive back Jalen Tabor who is already practicing with the Gators. Lewis admitted that Tabor's presence in Gainesville did play a role in his decision.
"It did play a small role," Lewis said. "We're from the same area and we're friends. It definitely played a part."
Lewis felt a special connection with coach Robinson and that helped Lewis determine Florida was the place for him.
"He is a straight up guy," he said. "He'll be honest with me but at the same time he knows what buttons to push and how to keep you motivated. I liked that a lot about him when we were watching practice."
A few weeks ago Lewis visited Gainesville and really liked what he saw.
"I liked how it was a pretty big campus and there's a lot to do," said Lewis. "There is a lot of diversity there and the people are diehard Gator fans. They're always supporting you and it'll be great to play in the Swamp."
Lewis said Miami and Clemson were also in contention. Earlier in the process Lewis had been committed to Virginia Tech.
Adam Friedman is the Mid-Atlantic Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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