Miami Football Recruiting: Should Ray Lewis III Play RB or CB for the 'Canes?

David MayerCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2013

Ray Lewis III, courtesy of
Ray Lewis III, courtesy of

Was there any doubt that Ray Lewis III was going anywhere but Miami?

The 3-star recruit out of Lake Mary, Fla. made it official on Wednesday, signing his letter of intent to play at the same college his father did 20 years ago.

The strange thing is that Lewis III wasn't a highly sought-after recruit, earning just a 3-star rating on That is surprising considering he racked up over 9,000 yards in his high school career.

Granted, the competition at Lake Mary isn't the hardest in the state, but his athleticism is vastly underrated. Lewis has good speed and great determination when he has the ball in his hands.

The only question is: Where will he play at Miami? The Hurricanes recruited him as a running back, but he on played both sides of the ball and excelled in the defensive backfield.

According to Lewis, it doesn't matter.

"I'll play wherever," Lewis III said recently. "I'll play wherever I fit in or wherever I can help the team."

Don't get me wrong—Lewis can play running back at the next level, but I honestly think he would help Miami more at cornerback.

Miami's secondary is already questionable heading into this upcoming season, as the Hurricanes' best player graduated (Brandon McGee) and Thomas Finnie left school. That leaves youth and not much experience at the cornerback position.

The running back position, on the other hand, is loaded with talent, as Duke Johnson will take over the reins for Mike James. The backups will be Eduardo Clements, Danny Dillard, Dallas Crawford and newcomer Gus Edwards.

Call it a gut feeling, but I believe Lewis and the Hurricanes would benefit more with him on defense rather than offense.

Moreover, if his father is any indication of how Lewis can perform on defense, Miami needs to start him right away.