Athlete prospect Malachi Lewis (6-3, 215, 4.55) from Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa received his first offer recently and now that he has received his first there will certainly be more.
"Malachi received his first offer from Nebraska," Rio Mesa coach Bob Gregorchuk said. "There have been a lot of coaches who why it took so long, but it is good to get the first one."
"(USC head coach) Pete Carroll and (USC quarterback coach) Steve Sarkisian are scheduled to be by the campus today (April 24th) or Tuesday (April 25th)," Gregorchuk said. "Washington State assistant coach Mike Walker said they are interested and they like Malachi a lot. They are only waiting on the okay from head coach Bill Doba."
"There are a lot of schools who are sending Malachi text messages," Gregorchuk said. "Notre Dame, Tennessee and Florida State are just few that I know are text messaging him."
Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham was on campus and has already shown interest in him. 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.
Before too long Lewis could be one of the hottest recruits on the west coast and there is good reason too.
Lewis earned 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 as a junior.
Lewis played running back rushed for 2,187 yards and 24 touchdowns. His long run was a 75-yarder and he averaged 7.1 yards per carry. 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."