Broward super-athlete will visit Vandy

Myron Lewis

With four weeks until signing day, it looks to be a five-team horserace for Myron Lewis, who headlines Vanderbilt's visitor list this weekend. Lewis has already visited Iowa State and Northwestern, and plans trips to Central Florida and Duke after his trip to Nashville this weekend.

Lest we forget, Louisiana and Mississippi were not the only states affected by hurricanes in 2005. A pair of tropical storms wrought havoc in South Florida as well, and Pompano Beach High School was forced to cancel four of its ten scheduled football games after storms ripped through Broward County.

The damage kept one of the county's most amazing athletes out of action for four weeks. But it didn't stop Division I-A schools from showering wide receiver / defensive back Myron Lewis with offers; at last count, the 6-foot-2-1/2, 195-pound senior had received 12 big-time offers, including schools from the SEC, Big Ten, Big XII, ACC and Big East.

With four weeks until signing day, it looks to be a five-team horserace for Lewis, who headlines Vanderbilt's visitor list this weekend. Lewis has already visited Iowa State and Northwestern, and plans trips to Central Florida and Duke after his trip to Nashville this weekend.

Both Lewis and his high school coach said Tuesday that Lewis is fairly well committed to taking all five of his official visits. "Myron has never traveled very much, and he's been looking forward to this chance to get out and see some of these schools that have been recruiting him," said Pompano Beach coach Vincent Stephens.

"You never know," said Lewis. "One school might end up doing better than the last school."

Lewis did it all for the Golden Tornadoes, who finished their season 4-3. He played wide receiver, cornerback and safety, in addition to returning kicks. In a seven-game senior season, he amassed 33 receptions for 750 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense.

On defense, he had 85 tackles, 20 passes broken-up and two interceptions. He was named first team all-county on both offense and defense.

Did we mention that he also punted?

"Oh yeah, he can kick like you can't believe," said Stephens.

Lewis is one of those players who shouldn't be pigeon-holed -- he fits into that ubiquitous "all-around athlete" category. Depending on the needs of the team that signs him, he could end up playing receiver, cornerback, safety, tight end, or kick returner.

Or punter. Or all of the above.

His most valuable contribution to Pompano Beach in his senior year may have been as a defensive back, said Stephens.

"Any time we played a team that passed the ball, I always put Myron on their best receiver. For instance, when we played Fort Lauderdale, they had a receiver by the name of Harris (Wisconsin-bound Xavier Harris). Myron covered him, and I think he caught one pass the whole night.

"He has the speed and size -- he can squat down like a guy 5-feet-8, but his vertical leap is somewhere around 40. And he ran a 4.5 40 at the Nike camp."

Off the field he's just as impressive, Stephens said. In the classroom, his prowess is noteworthy enough to draw the attention of schools such as Vanderbilt, Duke and Northwestern.

"I've had him since the sixth grade," Stephens said. "He's very polite. He's a 4.2 student, very bright. It's strictly about education for him."

He's also in the thick of basketball season, in which he's averaging 18 points and 15 rebounds per game as a forward for the Golden Tornadoes.

With two visits down, one would think he might be forming some opinions regarding his five favorites. But for now, he's keeping an open mind, and his feelings close to the vest. He declined to say which of his first two visits he preferred (Iowa State or Northwestern), and said he hasn't grown weary yet of all the weekend travel. "I'm really enjoying it," he said.

And of Vanderbilt, where he's headed this week?

"They're recruiting me as a safety," he said. "I'm just going to go up there and see what they have to offer. I'm not too familiar with them, really."

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