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'05 VA RB Elan Lewis (Virginia Tech signee)


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Elan Lewis
Running back
Hampton Phoebus
Height: 5-foot-8
Weight: 215 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
Bench max: 365 pounds
Squat max: 725 pounds
Verticle jump: 28 inches
GPA: 2.7

Soph stats: 1,866 yds, 18 TD's
Junior stats: 2,472 yds, 40 TD's

Rivals #13 RB prospect nationally (4* rating), #3 prospect overall in Virginia
Insiders #16 RB prospect nationally (4* rating)

Audibles: "He is a true All-American; there is not a more talented running back in the country. We don’t get the same exposure here in the Tidewater area and I can’t figure out why, we have produced some great football players. Elan is a five-star prospect." - Phoebus coach William Dee

"He works extremely hard in the weight room now. He squats over 700 pounds, which is amazing for a high school kid. He just has tremendous leg strength. We are going to continue to work on his overall strength. We’d like to get his forty time down a bit and keep his size and even improve his upper body strength a little bit. I’m sure he’s capable of benching 400 or better." - Phoebus coach William Dee

Lewis claims offers from Ohio State, Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, North Carolina, and Syracuse; according to various old Rivals articles, he has no leaders at this point, but Ohio State is listed as a "top 5" school in his data base, with "medium" interest.

However, according to Insiders' Miller Safrit, Lewis has a top 3 of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Maryland; Insiders on Elan Lewis (8/3/04)

Lewis' Phoebus team is ranked the #22 high school team nationally by PrepNation: PrepNation pre-season Top 25

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From what i have read he is pretty much Virginia's #1 target for the rest of the year. Given that the Cavs have almost filled their class, and that Phoebus is a bit of a pipeline school to the Cavs, I would put big $$$ on him becoming a Cavalier. Still, it's nice to dream.....................
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Elan confirms tOSU is in his top 5 with Va Tech, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee. He likes tOSU's tradition and has considered going away from home to go to school. It still sounds like a long shot but if we get a visit who knows?

Incredible squat numbers- those are MoC numbers.
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Compare the pic above (white jersey/no pads) with the one above that (blue jersey/in pads)...huge difference in size in the two pics. Definitely has been hitting the weight room hard.
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Sorry Mil, you can't see his biceps in the first pic and his forearms don't look too different. The shadow in the second picture add somewhat to the appearance of bulk but the different angle makes it impossible gauge any difference in his neck by eyeballing it alone.

The shoulder pads comment was certainly inane, but the pictures aren't good indicators.

Would be interesting to see when they were both taken though.
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Phoebus' Lewis aiming higher
The Phantoms' Elan Lewis gained nearly 2,500 yards and scored 40 touchdowns last season and hopes to do better in 2004.


Published September 2, 2004

HAMPTON -- Bill Dee holds one-on-one meetings with his players at the end of each football season to talk about goals and improvements he'd like to see in the upcoming year.

Dee, entering his 21st season as Phoebus' coach, says that even great players have room for improvement.

But what could he possibly say to 2,000-yard running back Elan Lewis after his 40-touchdown junior season?

"I definitely didn't tell him how to cut or anything that has to do with running the ball," Dee said.

Lewis begins his quest for another 2,000-yard season today when Phoebus travels to Portsmouth to take on Woodrow Wilson. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at Churchland High School.

"It'll be pretty hard, but I think I'll be able to do it ," Lewis said of reaching the 2,000-yard mark. "I hope to do better statistically this year. But what I want the most is another state championship for my team."

The Presidents, like everybody else, will stack eight men in the box today to stop Lewis, but he's not too concerned. Lewis is motivated by the memory of former Phoebus quarterback Ronnie Hendricks, who died in a June car crash in Hampton.

Lewis has dedicated his senior season to Hendricks. "I'd like to go all the way for Ronnie," he said. "It still hurts that we lost him."

Lewis, who has 4,724 yards, is 2,356 yards behind Group AAA record-holder Daniel Davis of Brooke Point.

"I think Elan is going to have a great season," Dee said. "We're not going in worrying about Elan getting 2,000 yards. If he gets 1,000 and we go 14-0, we're happy."

The Phoebus-Wilson matchup is one of three games that jumpstart the area's high school football season, which will feature more games on Friday and Saturday.

Denbigh and Bethel are the other Peninsula District teams playing season openers tonight. The Patriots meet Churchland at 7 p.m. at Todd Stadium. The Bruins take on Granby in a 7 p.m. game at Lake Taylor High School.

"We're excited," Bethel coach Tracey Parker said. "Granby is a good team."

Menchville opens at Todd Stadium against Maury on Friday at 7 p.m., while Kecoughtan hosts Nansemond River at the same time at Darling Stadium.

Peninsula District teams were 4-6 in their 2003 season openers. Hampton, Gloucester and Warwick start their seasons next week along with Heritage and Woodside.

But to start things, many fans will be eyeing Phoebus, which finished 10-2 last season, and its hard-nosed running back. Lewis, 5-feet-9, 210 pounds, is five pounds heavier than he was last season, and Dee says he looks stronger.

"You always want to have power for those big linebackers," Lewis said. "You've got to be able to give them a little shock when they get to you. If you don't want to make contact, you've got to be able to run from them."

Dee is most impressed with Lewis' ability to play well without the ball. Lewis picked up blitzes and did a good job of carrying out fakes in last week's exhibition against Western Branch.

"He did some things that a lot of tailbacks won't do," Dee said. You can't teach a great running back how to run, but I've noticed this year that Elan is still improving on the little things. Elan sets a good precedent for the rest of our backs." «
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