Earlier this week, we learned Rayshad Lewis, the son of former NFL superstar Ray Lewis, is transferring from Utah State to Maryland.
Obviously the younger Lewis has garnered a ton of attention as the son of one of the most memorable monsters to ever grace an NFL field. But what does the 5-foot-10 wide receiver truly bring to the Terps' offense?
As a freshman at Utah State, Lewis recorded a low-key 476 yards and two touchdowns, but it's fair to note he was playing on a struggling 3-9 team.
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This could very well be a case of dad's connections with the Baltimore and Maryland area leading to a chance for his son to compete. Nothing I've seen so far convinces me the undersized pass-catcher will become the next breakout star in the Big Ten.
Here's a quick video of Lewis's first college touchdown.
Lewis obviously has a little speed, but he isn't anywhere close to the athletic freak that his dad was. A two-star recruit out of high school, 24/7 Sports listed Rayshad as the No. 425 player in the state of Florida and the No. 2,824 player in the country. There weren't many opportunities from big-name FBS programs. I'm not trying to bash the kid, but there's an obvious reason he played at Utah State as a freshman.
This looks like a scenario where he will get thrown into the fire and given a chance to compete. The good thing? NCAA rules force Lewis to sit out for a season so he will have plenty of time to absorb the Maryland offense and give it his all with three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2018-19.
It's a noteworthy story, sure, but Lewis has a long way to go before he will get the kind of recognition his father earned.