While on a visit to campus earlier today, Rivals250 wide receiver Eugene Lewis made his choice. The 6-foot-2, 181-pounder committed to Penn State giving his pledge to head coach Joe Paterno in person.
"I committed to Coach Paterno," he said. "He was definitely excited and glad to have me. He told me they really need some guys like me with my skill level and that I'm definitely one of the biggest targets they were going after and they are happy to have me on board."
It seemed throughout Penn State was the leader, was it even close?
"The one school I gave consideration to was Virginia Tech, they were right there," he said. "But, at the end of the day, Penn State was a better opportunity."
A variety of aspects played into Lewis' selection for the Nittany Lions.
"I knew about my decision for about a week now, I knew I was pretty much going to do it," he said. "I just felt I kind of wanted it done before my senior year. I didn't want to think about it.
"I talked to my family and coaches about it and looked at every opportunity to play early. It looked like the best fit and best opportunity for me.
"I definitely have a great relationship with all the coaches. I've been up there so much that I just got comfortable. Also, it's a great location to be for my family to come see me along with people in my area. It's not just all about me, but everybody else. I knew I was going to be happy and make everybody else happy too, it was a good thing."
With respect to the coaching staff, Lewis touched on them a bit more.
"Coach Paterno is a great coach, he's been doing it for so long and knows what he's doing," he said. "I also have a good relationship with Coach McQueary, I think he can be a great wide receiver coach."
Playing time was a factor and Lewis believes he can see the field early.
"The way it's pretty much looking now is that there is a really good chance of playing as a freshman."
Lewis plans to enroll on-time next summer at Penn State.