Athlete prospect Malachi Lewis (6-3, 215, 4.55) from Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa received his first offer Nebraska and predicted he has received another with another one that could be on the way.
"Utah came by the school, looked at Malachi, his tape and their offensive line coach Charlie Dickey said offering Malachi is a no brainer," Rio Mesa coach Bob Gregorchuk said. "Utah's offer came in the mail today (May 2nd)."
Utah is recruiting Lewis as an athlete because of his versatility.
"USC coach Pete Carroll came out last week and watched him run track," Gregorchuk said. "Carroll said he likes him as a running back stating he likes big running backs."
"While Coach Carroll was here he said he was going to offer Malachi a scholarship in a few days," Gregorchuk said. "UCLA offensive coordinator Jim Svoboda is scheduled to be on campus today."
Other schools that have found their way to the Rio Mesa campus are Georgia Tech and Boise State.
Washington, Washington State and Notre Dame have also shown an interest in Lewis.
Lewis earned first-team all-CIF, all-county, all-league and was League Player of the Year after rushing for 2,187 yards and 24 touchdowns. He was second-team all-state underclassman and second-team super-CIF as a junior. He also played some defense racking up 15 tackles and one pick.
In an earlier interview with Gregorchuk, he had the following things to say about his talented athlete prospect.
"Malachi is a tremendous talent," 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."