By Chris Hays | Orlando Sentinel
10:14 AM EDT, March 21, 2012
Lake Mary Prep standout RB/DB Ray Lewis III probably could have made this decision in his sleep, perhaps even years ago, sans the formalities and all of the hoopla.
With the Miami Hurricanes being so much a part of his heart, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound son of Baltimore Ravens linebacker and former Hurricane Ray Lewis II committed on the spot Monday during a campus visit to Coral Gables.
"It was a pretty exciting day. My mom and dad both went to Miami so with that, on top of everything else, I just felt like everything was perfect," Lewis III said. "Mom and dad, all that did was add to everything else. It was a great decision for me to make individually, and then having my parents right there … they would always support me no matter what college I picked. There is just something about Miami for all of us. Dad started the legend and now it's my turn to continue the legend."Lewis II is the second Miami commitment from Central Florida to the Hurricanes' 2013 recruiting class. He joins Orlando Jones WR Levonte "Kermit" Whitfieldand gives Miami five commitments to the next signing class.
The elder Lewis told CaneSport.com he was quite giddy as he listened to his son tell the news to UM coach Al Golden.
"I dreamed about this from the time he came out. The first thing I said when I saw I had a son was, wow, my son is going to go to UM. Now it's almost like looking in a mirror. The way that he talks, the way that he walks. It's one of the most awesome things I have ever seen. And now he is a Hurricane."
Lewis III led all Central Florida rushers last season with 2,321 yards and scored 28 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 13.11 yards per carry. He also caught 14 passes, five of them for touchdowns. He will play either safety or running back at UM.
He has always faced the stigma of playing at Class 2A Lake Mary Prep and had a hard time finding much respect as most scouts and recruiting types held the level of competition he faces against him.
Coach Buck Gurley has always denounced that thinking and considers Lewis III a special talent.
"The funny thing is that most schools are not looking at him as a linebacker, but most of them are looking at him for DB," Gurley said last wee about his star pupil. "He hasn’t played much of that for us, but we do play him all over. During spring he'll play at safety a little bit. He’s kinda in the box for us, but we may put him there the coming year to get him some looks there. He can play the corner position, but in terms of knowledge he's more of a safety."
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting.
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