Oct 4, 2014; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams (12) is pulled back by Virginia Tech Hokies defensive tackle Corey Marshall (96) after a quarterback sneak during the first half at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
Over the next few weeks, we will look at some of the top Virginia Tech commits for the Class of 2015 and take a look at their game tape. We’ll give you an inside look about the potential of these players along with their potential to make an early impact in Blacksburg.
We start this series by taking a look at Harry Lewis.
Lewis is a 3-star defensive tackle from Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia that was one of the Hokies’ first commits back on April 26th. Lewis was a quality pickup for the Hokies early on and seems like a very hard commit for the Hokies.
The productivity of Lewis is undeniable as he already has 44 tackles and 15 sacks with Lewis having his sites set on 30 sacks as said by Evan Watkins of 247 Sports.
When talking about Lewis and his game tape, it all starts with the fact that Lewis has moved from defensive end to defensive tackle this season though he is still used sometimes at defensive end. However, Lewis knew that his future was at defensive tackle and not defensive end due to his size at 6-2, 260 pounds.
Lewis has above-average speed for a defensive tackle recruit largely due to his time at defensive end. Current Hokie Corey Marshall also made the transition from defensive end to defensive tackle and the Hokies have reaped the benefits of it this season, especially with the pressure that he has put on opposing quarterbacks.
Lewis also does a good job of bouncing off tacklers in run defense to fill a hole quickly and prevent the opposing running back from doing much damage. Lewis also seems to do a good job of getting a hold of a player and preventing that player from getting any further though he’ll need some help in some cases to get that player down.
Lewis has been very productive this season and seems like someone who could end up being the fifth or sixth defensive tackle on the depth chart next season. However, Lewis is a guy that still has some improvement to do including his tackling which seems to be a work in progress. Lewis also seems to be good at getting coverage sacks which means he does a good job getting in quality position but can still get better as an interior pass rusher.
In the long run, Lewis has the upside of Corey Marshall and should be at least as good as Woody Baron, another former defensive end who moved to defensive tackle in college. Lewis will be a productive player while he is in Blacksburg and while it might be a season or two before we see much of him, Hokie fans will get to know his name.
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