Ryan Lewis of East Lake Proves Himself And Gain Offer

by Dirk Knudsen | Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Ryan Lewis looked the part this Summer at camp and now has proven he has what it takes to play Pac 12 Ball

It may be a surprise to some recruiting analysts when they find out a kid named Ryan Lewis just received a great offer to play Pac-12 Football. But that is only because they have not been paying attention. WashingtonPreps.com is proud to once again be the first source for breaking news on our top recruits and this is great stuff.

Ryan Lewis is the 6′ & 185 Pound power back we met this Summer while covering the Nike Football Training Camp at Husky stadium. And it was a star studded affair.

But Lewis stood out. Beyond his prototype frame he moved with an ease and explosiveness that most athletes never obtain. That made us perk up and watch closer.

Lewis is a gifted corner as well as a running back but had to sit out last year and wait his tun behind Eastlake High School star RB Kyle Lappano.

As soon as this season began Lewis hunkered in behind a line that many are calling the best in the State. He went to work and people have been seeing his potential and promise turn into production.

“It has been a great year so far,” said Lewis who has been leading the way for a 6-0 Eastlake squad who find themsleves ranked #2 in some polls.

Great is an understatement. Lewis has racked up 970 yards on 77 carries averaging over 12.5 yards per carry. He also has 14 TD’s to add to those stats. That places him among the top backs in the Region.

And as the yards add up so does the list of schools calling to add him to their database. Still it is tough being recruited as a rising Senior and Lewis wondered if it would all pay off.

Then it happened. What every student athlete with a dream hopes for.

“I was offered a Scholarship to play in the Pac 12 today for Colorado,” said an overjoyed Lewis admitting the phone call brought him to tears.

But how did that happen so suddenly?

“Well I guess there was a scout last Friday when we played Mariner and he saw what he liked, got a hold of my Dad and Head Coach, got my information, called me and then just offered me straight up,” said Lewis.

He scored 3 TD’s in the game and went for almost 200 yards leading the Wolves to an easy 44-7 against Mariner who was missing star RB Keivarae Russell.

He was surprised to say the least. Ryan knows he can play and is really enjoying his success and moreover the teams success. But that phone call was a call from his future. The future he has dreamed of and worked towards for years.

To know he was being given a chance to play in the Pac 12 with only 6 games under his belt as a starting running back was really rewarding.

It brought into reality his belief that all the hard work and preparation would pay off someday. In more ways then one, as it turns out, as the teams success is still his #1 focus.

“This year has been phenomenal. We have every position filled with the best player and we really want to go to State this year,” he added. “It is a lifelong goal for all of us.”

He comes from a football family where his Dad was a small college player for Millersville State (Pa.), and he was later signed by the Seahwaks where he played in 26 games. He went on to Coach in the Pro and College ranks. Will is now the head of Player Personnel for the Seattle Seahawks.

So one has to wonder how much pressure there is on Lewis to fill those very big cleats?

According to Ryan not that much.

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Dirk is a lifelong resident of the Pacific NW; athlete and Merit scholar. He runs camps, clinics, and has been a sports writer and analyst for nearly a decade now; mostly with Rivals.com as the editor of OregonPreps and WashingtonPreps.com. Dirk is the founder of NWPR & BrainChampions.org; a charity for injured athletes suffering from Brain Trauma / Concussion. He is a father of three and married.

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