Ray Lewis III brings name, game

Son of Ravens' linebacker is getting noticed by colleges

  • Lake Mary Prep star Ray Lewis III, the son of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, practices with his team on Nov. 4, 2010.
Lake Mary Prep star Ray Lewis III, the son of Ravens linebacker… (Orlando Sentinel photo )
November 22, 2010|By Joe Williams, Tribune Newspapers

LAKE MARY, FLA. — Lake Mary Prep quarterback Mitch Lane admits teammate Ray Lewis III can be distracting.

Neither player can help that.

"It is hard for me to remember to carry out my fakes after I hand off, because I want to look back and watch him run," Lane said.

Lewis -- the son of the Ravens' 15th-year linebacker and 11-time Pro Bowl pick -- realizes his name brings expectations. Being the son of one of the NFL's most intimidating players doesn't weigh on the Griffins' standout, though.

"I don't think about what I have to accomplish because of who my father is," Lewis (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) said.

"I really don't let that stuff get to me. He is an NFL icon to a lot of people, but I don't look at him like 'Ray Lewis, celebrity.' I just go out there and play my game."

Lewis' game is something special. The do-everything player saw action everywhere -- running back, quarterback, linebacker and free safety -- and he returned kicks.

He averaged more than 290 all-purpose yards a game during the regular season for Lake Mary Prep (7-4), which saw its season end last Friday with a 47-19 loss to Trinity Christian in the Class 1B regional semifinals. In the loss to Trinity, Lewis rushed 15 times for 94 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown run that put his team ahead 12-6. He also returned a kickoff 65 yards for a touchdown.

He is among Central Florida's leaders with more than 2,900 total yards in the regular season, including nearly 1,400 rushing and 1,100 on returns, and has accounted for 20 touchdowns. He had 503 all-purpose yards against Windermere Prep on Sept. 10 and 410 against Naples Community School on Sept. 24.

Lewis led the Griffins in tackles, also.

"He is one of those players where, when you need a big play, you can always count on him," said Sheddrick "Buck" Gurley, Lake Mary Prep's coach.

"You are talking about a sophomore who is close to a college athlete in terms of knowledge and awareness of the game. A player his caliber, the sky's the limit for his future."

Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS College Sports said Lewis will be a big-time college recruit.

"He is definitely a Division I-type player," Lemming said. "He has the bloodlines. He has the production. He will have the size. What I have seen on film of him, I really like. He has Division I size and heart."

Not to mention the bloodlines. Lewis and his father, who played for the University of Miami, trained together this summer, and they talk at least once a week.

Lewis travels to his father's games. His father came to Lake Mary Prep's game during the Ravens' bye week.

"I really think you have to alter your game plan to account for him on special teams," Orangewood Christian coach Casey Harper said. "He is a really good running back; he is going to get his yards. But where I think you really have to prepare for him is on special teams."

Lewis wants to be mentioned someday among the best who have played the game.

"My dad is a legend," Lewis said. "My goal is to be better."

Read Joe Williams' blog at OrlandoSentinel.com/varsityblog and e-mail him at jwilliams@orlandosentinel.com.

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