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Five Things to Know About Tennessee Football Target Peyton Lewis

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Peyton Lewis, one of the top targets for Tennessee football, is announcing his commitment on Saturday. 

The speedy running back will announce his commitment around 1 p.m. ET. His top schools include Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Penn State and Florida.

Here are five things to know about the four-star prospect ahead of his commitment announcement.

  1. Trending towards Tennessee 

All signs are pointing to Lewis going to South Carolina or Tennessee. The Vols are the front-runner in his recruitment though. 

Several crystal balls have been put in for Lewis to end up a Vol, and he will be on campus at the time of his announcement. 

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“They kind of made a great impact on me and my family,” Lewis told OTH about Tennessee. “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.”

Tennessee has made several great relationships with Lewis, and they may pay off when he announces on Saturday. 

  1. Where Lewis ranks 

Lewis ranks as the No. 215 prospect nationally by 247Sports. He also sits as the No. 15 running back in his class by the outlet and the No. 3 prospect from Virginia. 

On3 holds Lewis as the No. 232 prospect nationally. He sits as the No. 17 running back in his class and the No. 3 prospect from Virginia. 

Rivals holds Lewis as a three-star prospect and the No. 41 running back in his class. 

  1. Track star 

Lewis’ top speed is unmatched. The Salem (Va.) High School prospect clocked in personal best times of 10.50 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 21.88 in the 200-meter dash.


Lewis is a state champion in several track events, including shorter events like the 55-meter. His explosiveness and speed are tools that will do well at the next level. 

  1. The numbers

Lewis put up big numbers rushing the ball for Salem last season. He Rushed for 1,560 yards and 17 touchdowns. 

Lewis was also named Class four All-State First Team as a running back and kick returner, and he was named second team punt returner.

  1. Evaluation 

Brian Dohn of 247Sports projects that Lewis will become a power-five starter pretty quickly. 

Has verified size with wide shoulder frame to add muscle and mass without losing speed or athleticism. Impressive dual sport profile with elite speed. Two-time state 55 meter champ with personal best 6.34 seconds,” Dohn writes. 

Productive player for one of top Class 4 programs in state. Often runs out 21 personnel formations with stacked defense in box. 

Is home run threat anywhere on field. Hits hole with purpose and speed. More of a one cut, downhill runner who gets to second level quickly. Routinely out-runs high school defensive backs. Is difficult to arm tackle and does not go down on first contact often. Patient runner who is comfortable running between the tackles but has speed to bounce plays outside. Shows balance and is effective with stiff arm. Can gear down to hit gap and quickly accelerates to get through. Knows how to change pace and has burst to overcome angles. Can be effective pass catcher out of backfield. Has to continue to work on flexibility throughout frame and run lower. Pad level is sometimes high but does not get hit cleanly often. Does not often cut at full speed. Added frame looseness will increase elusiveness. Needs be more consistent running behind pads. Can play early at Top 20 program. Has NFL draft potential.

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