Hampton (Va.) Phoebus running back Elan Lewis is one of the best running back prospects in the nation. Fans of high school football in Virginia have been hearing his name since he was a freshman. Now it is time for the rest of the nation to learn his name.
"Elan is simply the best player, regardless of position, I have ever coached," said Phoebus head coach Bill Dee of the 5-foot-11, 205 pound playmaker who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds.
Dee has seen and coached plenty of top talent in the Peninsula District of the Tidewater area of Virginia. The Tidewater region is a recruiting hotbed and Lewis is the next big-time prospect to come from the area. What sets Lewis apart from the pack in Dee's eyes?
"Lewis has tremendous strength in his legs; he squats 750 pounds. He is powerful and loves to run between the tackles, but he has blazing speed to go along with the power. He can beat you inside and outside. He has great hands as well, but we rarely throw the ball out of the I-formation."
According to Dee, Lewis has drawn national attention and rightfully so.
"He has three written offers at this point. Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland have given him written offers. Elan has over ten verbal offers, but I don't count those until they are in writing. The major college football powers have all contacted Elan and I expect him to have over 25 offers by the end of the May evaluation period. Lewis is the best back in the nation."
Last season, Lewis ran for 2,442 yards and 40 touchdowns.