It’s a great day to be a Wildcat! Just when it appeared that Mark Stoops was done recruiting for the 2013 class, he’s reeled in a last-second commitment from Melvin Lewis, a 6’4″ 315 lb JUCO defensive tackle from Fullerton College in California:
— 3/11/1993 (@BigMel94) February 28, 2013
Lexington will be my new home — 3/11/1993 (@BigMel94) February 28, 2013
Lewis originally attended Compton High School in Compton, California, and was considering offers from Hawaii, Miami (FL), and Washington.
In high school, he was named 1st-Team All-State as a senior in California, and was 1st-Team JUCO All-American this year.
WBN: Thanks for doing this Melvin. Tell us about you, and how you got to this point in your life.
I’m Melvin Lewis born and raised in one of the craziest neighborhoods in Compton. My father was locked up when me and my brother’s were young. I have one older and two younger brothers. After getting out, he introduced us to basketball. I played basketball all my life.
I didn’t play football until 8th grade. Entering high school was horrible for me, I was bad in school and I lost a lot of close friends due to being killed or getting put in jail.
In 11th grade I decided to straighten up after my head football coach Calvin Bryant gave me a speech that I’ll never forget. I finally got my grades and everything straight and I graduated high school and started my journey at Fullerton College.
I met a lot of good people at Fullerton, especially, Coach Hoyd, who brought the best out of me on the field and classroom he also helped me with recruiting tremendously. Without my parents and some influential people in my life there’s no telling where I’d be right now.