Terrell Lewis has brought two notable assets with him to Georgia Tech for his freshman season.
One is a healthy shoulder. The other is considerable versatility.
Lewis, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker, had a tear in his labrum surgically repaired in the spring but has been cleared, he said. Lewis suffered the injury in the fall but it wasn’t discovered until after the season, he said.
“I’ve had the bug in the back of my head about the shoulder, but I think it’s all good now,” said Lewis, from Ocoee, Fla. “
As for his capacity to play different positions, Lewis is slotted for linebacker, but in high school played wide receiver, tight end, defensive end, outside linebacker, safety, corner and returned kicks in his final two seasons.
“I played maybe defensive end one series, next series linebacker, next series corner, next series safety,” Lewis said.
It speaks to athletic ability, adaptability and an understanding of the game, all of which would seem to point to a decent chance to play this fall.
A goal is “just to try and make an immediate impact, try and do as much as I can for the team,” he said. “I’m trying to just go in there, help the coaches, help the team as much as possible. I want to be able to contribute, get an ACC championship.”
Lewis was also offered by Miami, LSU and Nebraska. It was his interest in Miami that caused an eye-opening situation for Lewis.
Lewis had told a recruiting website that he really liked Miami and was going to make a visit to the school. But he changed plans after committing to Tech. That led to Lewis getting attacked by Miami fans on Twitter, he said.
“Twitter is a powerful thing, especially with the fans,” he said.
A valuable lesson, certainly, and an episode he’ll gladly leave in the past.
Said Lewis, “I’m just ready to go.”
Seventh in a series of updates on Tech’s freshman class