Miramar wide receiver Devonte Mathis committed to West Virginia on Wednesday night, and when teammate Malcolm Lewis woke up Thursday morning, he decided it was time for him to do the same.
Lewis, a Miami fan since he can remember, will stay loyal to the school that he says is "like five miles down the street," and committed to the embattle Miami football program on Thursday.
"I did a lot of think and praying and talking to my family," Lewis said. He also said the possibility of recruiting penalties or probation are not of concern to him at this time. Miami coaches have been telling recruits that they think the NCAA will go easy on the 'Canes because the infractions came under the Randy Shannon regime and most everyone in place within the football program is new to the UM family.
"Not really … I have things I want to accomplish and I’m not too worried about that. It's not something I would hold [against] the school back."
Of his goals, Lewis said he wants to start as a true freshman and be one of the go-to-guys … like hand down, fourth and inches, like that."
The other, ultimate goal, of course, is the NFL. That's not lost on Lewis, who says he definitely sees those three letters in his future. He's tight with Houston Texans and former Hurricanes' receiver Andre Johnson, who Lewis said made him want to "follow in his footsteps," and got to Miami himself.
"I haven't called him since I made the commitment this morning, but I will tonight or tomorrow," Lewis said of Johnson, who used to live right down the street and played at Miami Senior High.
Lewis, the No. 33-ranked player in the Orlando Sentinel's 2012 Florida Top 100, and also the No. 26 receiver in the country by Rivals.com, picked Miami over Florida State, West Virginia, LSU and Alabama.
Coach Damon Cogdell confirmed both commitments Thursday afternoon. Mathis and Lewis are two of the talented Patriots top seniors, while the biggest fish, DB Tracy Howard, Rivals' No. 1-ranked cornerback in the country, remains undecided. Three other players from Miramar -- OL Kevin Gonzalez (6-2, 280), DE Trevon Coley (6-2, 240) and DT Willie Paisley (6-1, 328) are others who could go Division I-A.
Miramar opens state 8A playoff action on Friday night at home against South Plantation. The 2009 state 6A champions appear to have another shot to reach the Citrus Bowl.
"It feels good," Lewis said of getting his decision out of the way. "Now I can focus on getting my team ready for playoffs. It takes hard work, dedication and making a commitment to the team ... That's what we want to do again."
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun