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Tennessee football targeting versatility with offer for 2024 Virginia RB Peyton Lewis

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Tennessee football has been busy on the recruiting trail. Most recently, the Vols have targeted a 2024 running back prospect. 

Peyton Lewis was extended a scholarship offer from Tennessee on Monday. The Vols join a slew of schools that have recently offered Lewis. 

“I wasn’t initially expecting an offer, so when Coach (Jerry) Mack verbally offered me it made it feel way better,” Lewis told Off The Hook Sports. 

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Old Dominion extended Lewis his first offer in November. Tennessee marked his 15th offer. He received his 16th on Tuesday from Vanderbilt

“It feels great to be given these opportunities, and a chance to play at a high level is exciting,” he said. 

Although he isn’t ranked yet, the Vols are high on the running back. Outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Mike Eleker took a trip to visit Lewis at his school, Salem High School in Salem, Va. 

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Running backs coach Jerry Mack and graduate assistant Aston Walter have been very involved in Lewis’ recruitment. 

“I am excited about Tennessee and what their education and football has to offer,” Lewis said. 

The speedster was clocked in at sub-11 seconds on his 100-meter dash. He was also recently clocked in at 6.39 seconds in the indoor 55-meter race. 

Lewis wasted no time scheduling a trip to Knoxville. The running back will be in attendance for Tennessee’s junior day on March 4. He will also be a “whole bunch of other schools” during the month of March. 

In addition to Tennessee, Lewis has been getting interest from South Carolina, Penn State, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, UVA, Nebraska and Duke.

So, where could Peyton Lewis fit in?

He’s been told he’s less of a gadget back, and more of a versatile running back. His versatility is something that the Vols will likely use in their offensive scheme. 

“I can play a whole series with a plethora of different formations and schemes,” Lewis said. “I can bring a lot of speed and quickness to the backfield, whether it’s running the ball or route running.”

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