The player to keep your eye on is athlete prospect Malachi LewisClick There is a player who is already attracting looks from colleges from coast-to-coast and he could end up being one of the most sought after players on the west coast. This player has the ability to play a number of positions on the D-I level and his versatility is one of the things that have college coaches talking. The question isn't if he will play on the D-I level, the question is where.Here to view this Link. (6-3, 215, 4.55) from Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa.
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Lewis played running back on offense and was a workhorse. He carried the pill 306 times for 2,187 yards and 24 touchdowns. His long run was a 75-yarder and he averaged 7.1 yards per carry.
Lewis also played some defense racking up 15 tackles and one pick.
Lewis saw his performance earn him first-team all-CIF, all-county, all-league and League Player of the Year. He was second-team all-state underclassman and second-team super-CIF.
Washington head coach was already on campus and was impressed by Lewis. USC, Arizona State and Cal have also already had representatives on campus and they like what they saw in Lewis. Oregon has already sent Lewis handwritten letters.
The D-I interest in Lewis doesn't stop with the Pac-10.
Notre Dame, Florida State and Tennessee have sent text messages to Lewis.
"Malachi is a tremendous talent," Rio Mesa coach Bob Gregorchuk said. "He has the frame that colleges like. He's long and lanky."
"You can bulk him up and make him a defensive end," Gregorchuk said. "Or you can keep his weight where it's at and line him up at running back, linebacker or safety."
"More than his natural ability, Malachi has the inner-will to succeed," Gregorchuk said. "Some players have all the talent in the world but no heart, that's not the case with Malachi, he has both talent and heart."
"Malachi is a great kid and he's fun to be around," Gregorchuk said. "He is more a leader by example. Malachi isn't the rah, rah type/"
"Malachi has fun playing football, but he also has a level head," Gregorchuk said. "He knows when it's okay to have fun and when it is time to be serious. He's a very confident young man."
"Malachi also comes from great bloodlines," Gregorchuk said. "His mother was a scholarship athlete who played basketball for Oregon."
Does that mean the Ducks have the inside track?
"I don't think so," Gregorchuk said. "Malachi's Mom wants what's best for him."