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2024 four-star Virginia RB Peyton Lewis Talks Top Schools, Trending Towards Tennessee Football

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Peyton Lewis, who has been one of Tennessee football’s top targets in the 2024 class, confirmed to Off The Hook Sports he will be announcing his decision on May 27th, sooner than his expected June announcement. 

Lewis ranks as the No. 3 player out of Virginia, and the No. 14 running back in his class. He also is the No. 206 player nationally, according to 247 Composite rankings. 

The speedy running back out of Salem (Va.) High School has quickly gained the attention of several schools. The four-star prospect has over 30 scholarship offers. 

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Steve Wiltfong and Brian Dohn of 247Sports both locked in crystal ball projections that Lewis will end up committing to Tennessee. He was last in Knoxville for the Orange and White game. 

“It’s very strong between me and coach Mack, and coach Walter too,” Lewis said of his relationship with Tennessee after the Orange and White game. “We have a very strong relationship and we talk a lot. Getting over there, him seeing my family again. He loves my family, so, even from the beginning we just clicked instantly.”

The 6-foot and 190-pound running back recently released his top-six schools, which included Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Penn State and Florida.

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“They’re all very good programs and given the opportunity to play there, I had to give them a chance and put them high on the list of my final schools,” Lewis said. “Some of these schools were better than others with the type of people that are within the program. Some of the schools left a lasting first impression and experience on my family. That’s something that’s hard to forget, something you definitely have to keep in mind when you’re selecting your schools.”

Lewis will choose from his list of six schools when he makes a decision at the end of May. Currently, he only has an official visit scheduled with the Vols. 

Lewis broke down his top schools with OTH. 

Penn State: “The type of impact the coaches made on me and family early on, being the first time we took a trip there. It was something I couldn’t forget, the coaches kind of treated me like a little brother. When you’re picking your schools, you definitely want to be in a place where you have a great learning environment, so they made a great impact on me. Definitely people I can trust inside and outside of football.”

South Carolina: “If there had to be a place I had to call a second home or third home, it would be South Carolina because I have family in Florence, about 45 minutes away from Columbia. Being in and out of South Carolina, and they have a great football program, I had to put them on the list.”

Florida: “I always had aspirations of living in Florida and I really like the Gators.  So, they made my list.

Alabama: “They’re one of the top programs in the country and they’re known for developing great backs. I had to put them high on my list too.”

Georgia: “They’re one of the top programs in the country and when you’re given the opportunity to play at one of the top programs, I had to put them on my list.”

Tennessee: “They kind of made a great impact on me and my family. If there was a place I would call a second home, legitimately, then it would be Tennessee. I have been in and out of Knoxville, Nashville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, all throughout Tennessee. Being throughout there and getting the opportunity to play at a school I looked up to, I had to put them on my list.”

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