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Saint Augustine DB emerges

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Saint Augustine (Fla.) safety Carlton Lewis has emerged as a highly-recruited prospect this summer. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder holds multiple scholarship offers and is getting looks from a number of other programs.
"Right now, I got offers from Illinois, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Marshall, Indiana and I think that's it," he said. "I go down to South Florida next week for their senior showcase and I might go to Friday Night Lights this Friday at Florida."
Of the schools that have offered Lewis a scholarship, three currently stand out.
"Everybody is pretty neck and neck right now," he said. "I can't say anybody is at the top. Of the schools that have offered me, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and South Carolina are the three that I am down to."
Lewis made unofficial visits to all three schools. There are several things that stand out about the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Demon Deacons.
"Their campus is just so nice and they have small classrooms so I really liked that," he said. "I went up there for an unofficial visit when they had their camp. I didn't participate in the camp so I just visited the school."
The Yellow Jackets also have a desirable setting.
"I didn't get to visit the school at Georgia Tech," he said. "I just went to the camp and saw their football facilities and that's it. The city of Atlanta was pretty cool. Atlanta is nothing like Saint Augustine. It's way different."
South Carolina is the lone Southeastern Conference program that has offered. Steve Spurrier Jr. is leading the charge.
"What I really like about South Carolina is their coaching staff," he said. "I went to their camp and got an offer from them after that."
There are two schools making the hardest push at the moment.
"I think Georgia Tech is making the hardest push right now and South Carolina," he said.
There are some schools that are recruiting Lewis that have yet to offer. Miami has been showing Lewis plenty of attention recently.
"Miami has been talking to me a lot," he said. "They want me and Caleb Sturgis our kicker to come down before Aug. 1. We haven't decided if we're going or not yet though."
The Gators also have continued to recruit Lewis and would be a major factor if they jumped on board with an offer.
"If Florida offered me, they would probably jump on the top part of my list," he said.
If South Florida offers Lewis after its camp, there is a chance the Bulls could get in the mix as well.
"It would probably put them in running," he said.
Whatever schools wish to get in on Lewis likely should hurry up and do so. He hopes to make a verbal commitment within the next 90 days.
"I'll probably commit before September, but I wouldn't do anything before school starts," he said.
Lewis is a high (5.4) two-star rated prospect by Rivals.com.
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