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Ray Lewis III will follow in dad's footsteps

3/20/2012

Lake Mary Prep (Lake Mary, Fla.) athlete Ray Lewis III committed to the Miami Hurricanes today, almost 19 years after his father suited up for the program.

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound junior confirmed the commitment with his head coach Buck Gurley.

"Ray told me that he felt like Miami was the best fit for him and if they offered him he was going to commit," Gurley said. "Once they made the offer he was set."

Lewis plays both side of the ball at Lake Mary Prep, much like his famous father did at Kathleen (Lakeland, Fla.). The younger Lewis rushed for 2,321 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2011 while racking up 91 tackles and a sack on defense.

In following his father's footsteps to Miami, Lewis III will have high expectations but it's something that Gurley believes he's prepared for.

"I've had this discussion with Ray several times as have his mother and father so he understands the situation," Gurley said. "He's aware that there will be a lot of expectations, unfair expectations, put on top of him but he's a confident young man.

"In another interview you'll remember he said he was going to be better than his father so you know he's confident if he's willing to say that in an interview."

Lewis III becomes the fifth member of Miami's 2013 recruiting class. He is being recruited as an athlete and could play running back or defensive back.

"I would say he's probably a better fit as a defensive back and I believe he would make a fantastic free safety," Gurley added. "But he can also be a very good running back behind a strong offensive line."