Matoaca WR Troy Lewis (Hudl Photo)
Troy Lewis may be the next great prospect to come out of Matoaca
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
Everyone loves a great comparison because everyone loves a great debate.
Contrary to what some may believe, growing up at Woodside and playing wide receiver I was fascinated with Antonio Freeman of the Green Packers. I even wore the number “86” when it was time to pick jerseys over the summer coming into my freshman year.
I also played defensive back and the one player I wanted to model my game after was that of Deion Sanders. I lined up like he did, I tried to move like he did, and I always loosened my chin straps just the way he would after making a play.
The interesting thing about a good debate is that everyone has an opinion and they don’t always have to line up with the same interests as yours.
Growing up at wide receiver, if I could choose an NFL star to line in from of and try to beat off the line it would’ve been Deion Sanders. However, Matoaca starting wide receiver Troy Lewis see’s things slightly different.
“Jalen Ramsey,” Lewis stated with no hesitation. “I pick him because he talks the most trash.”
It’s an interesting pick for a person that is most definitely considered a leader, but not because he’s the most vocal player on the football field. When game week arrives, mental preparation starts on Monday. Thursday is the day he gets into the zone and when Friday arrives, he’s as cool as a cucumber.
Lewis (2021 WR 6-3 190) was born and bred in Chesterfield, Virginia.
The Matoaca product first picked up a football when he was in the first grade and hasn’t been able to put it down since. However, wide receiver wasn’t his first position. When Lewis first started playing football, he lined up at running back and continued on that path until he entered the eighth grade.
That’s when he made the switch over to wide receiver and upon entering the fifth grade, track entered the chatroom.
“I do indoor track in the winter and of course outdoor track in the spring,” Lewis told recruit804. “For indoor I run the 55m, 300m and 4x200m while for outdoor I run the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m. After I started in the fifth grade I stopped and picked it back up in the seventh grade. But I didn’t start taking it serious until my sophomore year.”
Transitioning to high school wasn’t the easiest challenge especially on the football front for Lewis. The biggest concern he had was staying out of his own head and trusting his skill set would put him in a position to thrive later on in his high school career.
His junior season by far is the year where he finally started turning heads on the football field and in terms of his recruitment. Lewis was the Warriors leading receiver last season accumulating 598 yards on 30 receptions and four touchdowns through seven games. He was easily one of the top receivers in the Central Region which has led to an influx of collegiate attention over the last month.
Lewis announced his first offer from the College of William and Mary on February 24. Subsequently, he’s secured offers from: Navy, Massachusetts, Air Force, Richmond, Georgetown, Bucknell and Penn. Elon was his latest to come through and that arrived on Wednesday afternoon.
“To be honest I haven’t really thought about it all and I still act as if I don’t have any offers,” Lewis stated. “I’m grateful for all of them, but I just keep telling myself that I don’t have any offers. This keeps it in my head that I still have something to prove to myself and everyone else.”
Every program that has offered Lewis places a high standard on academic merit. The average person that walks in the door at the College of William and Mary holds a 4.24 grade point average with an average SAT score of 1440. The average grade point average of a student walking into Penn is 3.88 with an average SAT score of 1490.
Lewis has been granted the opportunity to study and play at both of these institutions higher learning.
Academically, the Matoaca product currently holds a grade point average of 3.9. He was scheduled to take the SAT at Matoaca on March 25, but unfortunately it was cancelled and will be rescheduled sometime in the future.
How he moves from a scholastic perspective is extremely important especially with who he has coming up behind him. Lewis is the oldest of three brothers with one in the sixth grade and the other a rising sophomore who played with the junior varsity last season. Setting the best example he can as well the support he receives from his family has gone a long way in terms of maturing into the person he’s meant to grow into.
“My family is at every game and it feels really good because I’m on a team where other players may not have that support,” Lewis explained. “Some people don’t have their parents showing up to every game for them. I’m always grateful for that because I could be the one that doesn’t have that support.”
– Brandon Mitchell