Eugene Lewis, WR, Wyoming Valley West (PA)
Hey, it's a guy from my high school's conference! I'm sure that despite Eugene Lewis' lofty recruiting service rankings (four stars from everyone, making him the highest-rated recruit in the class), the gritty and proud Hazleton Area Cougars found a way to slow dow OH CRAP YOU GUYS:
Eugene Lewis is as great as advertised.
On Friday night the Wyoming Valley West star ran for four touchdowns and passed for another - all in the first half - as he led the Spartans to a resounding 66-21 beating of Hazleton Area.
The Penn State-bound Lewis scored on a 41-yard run the first time he touched the football, and added scoring runs of 53, 13 and 10 yards to sink the visiting Cougars. His 149 rushing yards, and his 136 yards through the air paved the way for the Spartans' best game of the season.
Well. At least he couldn't do similar damage against my guys on the basketball court. Lewis was involved in a weird and controversial transfer from Wyoming Valley West to Meyers High School prior to the recent basketball season. Transfers are difficult enough for high school athletes, and much more complicated for the conference's leading scorer.
Regardless, the 6'2", 180 pound Lewis is labeled a downfield threat by Scout's Bob Lichtenfels, despite not having elite speed:
He won’t shatter any speed records running a forty-yard dash, but he has a different speed with the ball in his hands. He has exceptional field vision and runs like a scat-back.
Tom Lemming agrees:
He's a force at the WR position, a clutch player with good hands, jumping ability, body control, and shows no fear going over the middle. Has the foot quickness, agility, and burst to consistently run sharp and precise routes, catches the ball away from his body, and can turn up field in a snap.
Sadly, there's not much in the way of extended highlights for Lewis on YouTube, although these kickoff returns give you a sense of his field vision and ability to set up blocks in space. He also played some quarterback in high school -- novel idea for high school coaches, getting the ball in the hands of your best athlete! Still, he'll be a wide receiver at the collegiate level.
Meet Eugene, prior to his choice of college.