Lewis earns invite to The Opening

Marcus Lewis is the second UF commit to be invited to The Opening. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Marcus Lewis went into Saturday’s Nike Football Training Camp in Washington, D.C., with a goal in mind and a chip on his shoulder.

He took care of both by the end of the combine.

Florida’s newest commitment turned in an impressive performance and received an invite to The Opening, an annual All-Star summer camp held at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

UF receiver pledge Deondre Farrier has been invited as well.

“Being able to go to The Opening feels amazing,” Lewis said. “That was the goal. Some great players have competed there, so just being put in that elite class is big.”

But the event wasn’t just about an invite for Lewis. He had a point to prove to ESPN, which covers the Nike Football Training Camps exclusively.

Lewis is a Rivals100 member and a four-star recruit on 247Sports and Scout, but the four-letter network currently has him unrated with three stars next to his name.

“That’s going to change,” Lewis said. “I talked to those (ESPN) guys today, and they hadn’t been able to see me before. The higher-up guys told me I did a really good job and looked great out there.

“I wanted to show them that I could play and I’m not just a ranking or a guy that’s going to Florida. I can actually compete with the best.”

The coaches at the NFTC also liked what they saw from the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder.

“They just told me I’m a physical guy,” he said, “and I’ll do great things on the next level and beyond. They told me I have a bright future.”

Lewis, who picked the Gators last Thursday following his visit to Gainesville in March, had UF assistant coaches Travaris Robinson and Brian White stop by his school Friday for the evaluation period.

“I like that they came to check up on me just a week after I committed,” Lewis said. “They congratulated me on my decision and told me they’re really happy that I’m a Gator.”

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  1. Where are all those negative guys at now complaining about our low rated recruits?? Silence. Yeah that’s why those guys aren’t coaches. You don’t recruit based on stars. You recruit based on what YOU as a coach see when you scout them. And now others are taking notice of what Muschamp saw all along.

  2. Agreed. I can cite several reasons for our guys’ 4-8 2013 outcome and certainly, faced with an unexpected collapse on the field, the fault lines if the coaching staff became apparent. However, players are healthier, the roster has much more talent at WR, and the design and coaching on offense finally matches our talent again. Recruiting is off to a solid start and will gain momentum as this year unfolds. 2013 will be the low point on a successful road for Muschamp and the Gators.