Terrell Lewis got the break he was looking for on Friday when Georgia Tech extended a football scholarship offer to the Ocoee linebacker/safety.
The way Lewis figures, an early first offer will help to serve notice that he’s out there as college recruiters start to make plans for their campus visits during the upcoming spring football session, which starts at the beginning of May.
“I’m excited about it and I’m really happy,” said Lewis, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound rover-type defender on the Ocoee defense. “It’s a good way to start and Georgia Tech is a good school.
“I’ve been talking to them for at least a month now, so it’s that much of a surprise but it’s definitely something I’ve been really anxious for.”
Things are picking up early for Central Florida prospects this season and Lewis makes the 14th Central Florida player to be offered a scholarship from a Football Bowl Subdivision school. He plans an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech soon and he has already been to South Carolina.
More and more schools are starting to be recognized as football talent producers in Central Florida, and it’s no longer just the usual suspects. Lewis says he’s certainly noticed.
“I think that it definitely lets everybody know there are a lot more schools out there than just Dr. Phillips and Olympia and them,” Lewis said. “The smaller schools are starting to get looks and I’m certainly trying to help put my school on the map.”
Lewis, the 46th-ranked player in the Sentinel's 2014 Central Florida Super60, said it’s nice to have his first offer, but his work has just begun. He’s only played the hybrid safety spot for two seasons. He was starting defensive end as a freshman, so he has nothing but upside and has already opened eyes with his natural talent.
“I played the position my sophomore year, but then I was just kind of breaking loose with it,” Lewis said. “During my junior year I was able to understand it a lot more and so this should be my year, my senior season.
“I’m really happy but I gotta work harder to keep this offer and gradually get more. It just feels like I have been under the radar for quite some time.”
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 and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.