Thursday, July 21, 2011

Oregon recruiting: this 2012 receiver prospect motivates old coaches to use new tricks

The line is long for Eugene Lewis. So long, in fact, that Joe Paterno whipped out his Skype to get face-to-face with him. Paterno, who's won a few recruiting battles in 45 years of coaching, isn't about to let an Eastern Pennsylvania kid with star power get out of the state without a skype or two.

As a sophomore wide receiver Lewis caught 31 passes for 772 yards and 9 tds, a 24.9-yard average per catch. He has big hands, long arms, and great leaping ability, tremendous timing when the ball is in the air. Not blazing fast, but he gets open. Like Devon Blackmon on the current Ducks roster, he's such a dynamic athlete that coach Pat Keating moved him to quarterback in the offense for his junior year. Lewis responded with over 2500 yards running and passing and 30 total touchdowns, leading his team to the playoffs with a 7-4 record.

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