The status of Marcus Lewis’ pledge to the Gators has been in question recently with reports surfacing that he wants to take all five of his allotted official visits.
The Rivals100 cornerback was also one of only two Florida commits that didn’t attend a summer camp session at UF last month.
However, Lewis hasn’t been to any schools since his trip to Florida and said his plans to visit others are nothing new.
“This is what I’ve wanted to do all along. You never know what can happen between now and February. They could have another bad season and then the staff is gone. Obviously I hope that doesn’t happen, and I think they can win the SEC this year,” said Lewis, who committed to the Gators in April.
The other schools being considered by Lewis for his officials are Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Oregon and UCLA. He’s also shown interest in Clemson, Maryland and Ohio State in the past.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder chose not to transfer to IMG Academy in Bradenton and will stay at Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga for his senior season.
“I probably won’t be able to get back Florida again until my official, unfortunately, but my relationship has been great with the coaches,” he said. “We talk on a consistent basis, and I love the staff and what they’re trying to do.”
Lewis, who will compete at The Opening this week, said his visit plans have been blown out of proportion, but he’s not letting it get to him.
“I just ignore it. A few fans on Twitter have sent me direct messages saying, ‘I heard you’re decommitting.’ I want to say something back so bad, but I just keep to myself and mind my own business,” Lewis said.
“People are trying to make stuff what it’s not. I’m solid to Florida, and I’ve been saying that. I just want to see a few other schools and have some backup options. A lot of committed recruits are doing it, not just me. So I’m just taking the visits I can.”