Standout 2024 RB Peyton Lewis out of nearby Salem, Virginia has emerged as one of the Hokies' top 2024 RBs. This shouldn't be a surprise given his combination of big time speed as one of the fastest track sprinters in the state plus impressive production on the football field for one of Virginia's best HS football programs.
When we asked Lewis if he had any schools standing out in his recruitment, he had this to say.
"Virginia Tech really stands out to me because my family has always been Tech fans, and the opportunity to be a part of a program i dreamed of being a part of seems unreal to me. I can’t wait to come up to Blacksburg and really get to know more about tech and it’s football," Lewis said.
He also added that he would say the Hokies are the current leaders in his recruitment. Tech will have a chance to build on their start later this month when they host him as part of their "Big Dawg" on Monday, January 23rd using the Primetime VT-Duke MBB as a chance to showcase Tech's passionate fan base to recruits.
All of this comes as Lewis is receiving interest from Power 5 schools across the country. That includes a recent offer from Boston College plus interest from Nebraska, Duke, Tennessee, Florida State, Penn State, USC, Wake Forest, Maryland, and Texas Tech at the P5 level.
So given his high level talent, how would Lewis describe the strengths and weaknesses of his game?
"Speed and agility are definitely some of my strengths. I feel like I could always improve on blocking and ball fakes," Lewis said.
The Hokies are among three schools recruiting him the hardest currently along with Nebraska and Duke who haven't offered him yet but seem like potential offers to watch here soon.
Offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen has taken on a leading role currently for the Hokies' pursuit of Lewis. He had this to say about his relationship with Bowen.
"Coach Bowen, alongside (RBs) coach (Stu) Holt was the coach that invited to me to the big dawg junior day. He seems very excited about me and he’s raised my eagerness to meet him and the rest of the coaching staff," Lewis said.
Grad assistant Austin Fields has also played a big role in the Hokies' recruitment of Lewis to date. He had this to say about his relationship with Fields.
"Coach Fields is excited about me as well. He normally tries to paint a picture of me scoring a touchdown in front of 66,000 fans and a roaring stadium. We talk about my film and how my run game is already dangerous," Lewis said.
Looking ahead, Lewis shared some insight into his timeline for potentially making a decision.
"I’m really just going with the flow right now. I plan on making a decision around the middle of my senior year around November," Lewis said.
As Virginia Tech's 2024 target board comes into clarity, one thing that is clear is that Peyton Lewis will be one of their top RB targets. The good news for the Hokies is that they are off to a great start in his recruitment.