Impressive 2015 prospect Marcus Lewis didn't last long as a Virginia Tech recruit. The 4-star cornerback backed off his verbal pledge to the Hokies on Wednesday, according to Scout.com writer Brian Dohn (subscription only).
Lewis, a 6'1", 187-pound prospect from Gonzaga High School (Washington, D.C.), initially committed to Virginia Tech on Nov. 16 during an unofficial visit. He quickly determined it's too early to conclude his recruitment process.
"It’s a great school. Don’t get me wrong, but I have to check out other options," Lewis told Dohn. "There are a lot of different schools."
Those other options currently include Clemson, Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers and Ohio State. He picked up an offer from Virginia Tech in October.
Lewis' decision leaves Virginia Tech with just one junior commit—4-star defensive end Michael Barnett (Dorchester, S.C.) who pledged last month.
Lewis is listed as the nation's No. 46 overall athlete in the 2015 class, according to 247Sports composite rankings. He is also rated the fifth-best player in the Washington, D.C. area.
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Offers are already pouring in for the promising defensive back, but he has ambitions to command even more attention from programs across the country.
"I want to be the best," he told Dohn. " I want to get more recognition nationally.”
He helped lead the Eagles to a 6-5 record and a playoff appearance this season. Lewis is a prospect searching for more than immediate playing time.
“Education is the most important thing, and then early playing time, and I’m also looking at the coaching staff to see if they’re people I can talk to and relate with,” Lewis told 247Sports writer Todd Worly (subscription only).
Virginia Tech remains firmly in his picture but Lewis has decided it's appropriate to explore an array of possibilities.