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Ray Lewis III: Why 3-Star Running Back Is Perfect Fit with Miami

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Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 6, 2013

Ray Lewis III, son of future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens, has decided to play for the Miami Hurricanes during his college career, and it couldn't be a better fit.

Lewis III has roots in the University of Miami, namely through his father, who played at Miami, and his mother, who graduated from the school, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press (per Yahoo! Sports).

The 3-star running back (per 247Sports) is coming to the program at a great time for both sides.

Last season, the Hurricanes featured a two-headed rushing attack behind Mike James and Duke Johnson.

It was Johnson who would end up shining the most after compiling 947 yards and 10 touchdowns, while James, who is set to enter the NFL draft, gained 621 yards from the line of scrimmage and six scores.

Now that James is not in the picture anymore, it gives a great opportunity for Lewis III to make an immediate impact on this team. The pressure won't be too great with a stud like Johnson in front of him, and Lewis III should have a chance to be the star back of this team down the road if Johnson moves on to the NFL.

Coming from an NFL great, Lewis III will already have great football instincts the day he enters Miami. There's no question that his bloodlines give him a better perspective of the game itself than most athletes have at the raw stages of their careers.

Lewis III (5'9'', 175 lbs) isn't a big back, but he has the speed to break off big plays and his size is a little misleading, as he has the ability to run with physicality inside and out.

The Hurricanes will also benefit from Lewis III's multipurpose abilities, and he'll surely be catching passes out of the backfield as well as lining up in different spots other than behind the quarterback.

That will help keep an element of Al Golden's offense that both James and Johnson supplied last season.

While it was pretty much a foregone conclusion Lewis III was coming to Miami, the Hurricanes and their fans can rest easy knowing they have a solid back entering the ranks next season.

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