By J.C. Carnahan | For the Sentinel
3:31 PM EST, February 6, 2013
LAKE MARY -- It’s been quite a week for the Lewis family.
Just three days after ending his hall of fame career with a second Super Bowl title, Ray Lewis was at his son’s side on National Signing Day at Lake Mary Prep.
Ray Lewis III made his commitment to the University of Miami official Wednesday, pledging to continue his athletic and academic careers at the same school his parents attended.
“It’s hard to put it in words,” Ray Lewis III said of the week his family has had. “As an NFL superstar there’s nothing more that you want to do except win a Super Bowl. . . . Now I can finally go out and show the world my talent, what my parents have instilled in me over the years and I’m ready to do it.”
Ray Lewis III, who signed with Miami as an athlete, finished his career at Lake Mary Prep as the all-time leader in touchdowns scored (93) in Seminole County.
His commitment comes in an unfamiliar era of college recruitment, in which the elder Lewis never experienced as a prep player in Lakeland.
“It’s night and day,” Lewis said. “Me personally, I didn’t even have a scholarship offer. Now with social media, kids are able to post their stats and see their highlights and it’s a great opportunity for them to use it in the right direction.”
Ray Lewis III said his parents have encouraged him to avoid the pressures of trying to live up to the on-field reputation of his famous father, and that he plans to pave his own way as a Hurricane.
“His head is on pretty straight and we’ve done a heck of a job as parents with keeping him kind of even keel,” former NFL star Ray Lewis said. “He already understands that it’s a business and he understands what he’s going to college for, and that’s to get his education. Sports definitely come second.”
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