"He's a big time football player," Lake Mary Prep coach Buck Gurley, a former NFL player, said. "He has everything you look for and is going to be really special."
Those are strong words coming from the coach. However, Ray Lewis III is a big-time football player and a lot more people are starting to find out. Through three games this season, Lewis has been outstanding. Two weeks ago, against Windermere Prep, Lewis had over 500 yards of total yards.
"It started off, I was just ready to play that game," Lewis said. "It was our first home game and I wanted to make a statement. I had a lot of punt return yards, I had two receptions, I went 6-for-6 at quarterback, and I had a lot of rushing yards. The thing about that game is that I actually got hit in the stomach with a helmet and was I was throwing up on the sideline at one point. I even started cramping. It was just a great game."
Lewis, 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, ran for over 1,000 yards as a freshman while splitting time with a senior back. He's now emerging as one of the best sophomore running back prospects in all of Florida.
"I have one of the best coaches who really stays on me and he walks me through everything," he said. "I have an offensive line that blocks for me and I put in a lot of hard work. Plus, I have a real strong passion for the game."
A lot of that passion stems from being the son of one of the best players in NFL history.
"I have a good relationship with my dad," he said. "He helps me with everything. Whenever he has a bye week, he'll come down to watch me. I spend most of my summer up there with him. We talk all the time."
Although he's just a sophomore, college coaches from all over know about his special talents already. When asked for his favorite college team, there wasn't much hesitation.
"Miami," he said. "I like Miami and no other school. I understand that when it comes time to get recruited, I will consider all the schools who offer me but if I had a dream, it would be to play at Miami like my father."
The talented sophomore says the Miami coaches already know all about him.
"My mom and dad are friends with Coach Shannon and I've been there a bunch," he said. "I've gone to games, into the locker room, talked to Coach Shannon, all that. They can't really start recruiting me until next year but I definitely have a good relationship with them already."
Just as impressive as Lewis is on the field, he gets it done off it as well.
"He's such a great kid," Gurley said. "He works out, he's in AP classes, and is all-around a great kid."
Lewis, who has been at Lake Mary Prep since fourth grade, says he puts a lot of emphasis on academics.
"My mom makes sure I stay on my grades," he said. "I'm taking one pre-AP class and the rest honors right now and I have two A's, four B's, and one C."
With the size, speed, production, bloodlines, athleticism, and academic progress, Lewis has all the tools to become an elite prospect for the Class of 2013.
Stay tuned, as Scout will follow Lewis throughout his prep career at Lake Mary Prep.
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