Rising junior Ray Lewis III, son of the former Miami Hurricane and current NFL star of the same name, has emerged as one of the most versatile and prolific high school football players in the class of 2013. How has Lewis III burst onto the scene, and is he destined for stardom just like his father?
Lewis, who does most of his damage with the ball in his hands, has played running back, quarterback, receiver, linebacker and special teams for Lake Mary Prep outside Orlando, FL.
Last September, he highlighted his sophomore season with a 504-yard performance in a win over Windermere Prep. That’s not a typo. Lewis III compiled 206 yards and two TDs on punt returns, 101 on kickoff returns, 104 rushing, 27 receiving and 66 through the air.
He also completed all six of his passes at quarterback.
Of course he did.
For the season, Lewis III – primarily a running back – racked up 2,691 total yards for Lake Mary Prep. He scored 22 total touchdowns and recorded 107 tackles as a linebacker.
The latter accomplishment no doubt would impress his father, who is a 12-time Pro Bowler and current member of the Baltimore Ravens. Many consider the elder Lewis the greatest linebacker of all-time.
Before becoming a Super Bowl-winning NFL star, the elder Lewis was a two-time All-American at Miami, where he led some of college football’s most-ferocious defenses.
Lewis III, though entering just his junior year in high school, has his heart set on following in father’s footsteps in the collegiate realm.
“Miami,” Lewis III told Scout.com last September in reference to where he would like to play college football.
The younger Lewis may want to change his answer now that the Hurricanes have an ominous cloud hanging over the program in the wake of allegations of rampant wrongdoing by infamous booster Nevin Shapiro.
But Lewis III didn’t leave much wiggle room.
“I like Miami and no other school,” he told Scout.com last year. “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.”
Not a bad player to emulate.
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