The Gophers football team added a highly ranked placekicker to its recruiting class of 2019, with Camden Lewis of Hough High School in Cornelius, N.C., announcing via Twitter his commitment to P.J. Fleck's program.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Lewis is the No. 5-ranked kicker nationally by Chris Sailer Kicking and No. 6 by Kohl's Kicking, services that focus on special teams players. Both services give Lewis a five-star ranking. He is not yet rated in the 247Sports.com composite rankings of major recruiting services.
"Cam is a big-time kicking prospect. A great athlete with elite leg strength," Sailer wrote. "He hits an excellent ball off the ground. He is smooth and accurate with D-I college range. Kickoffs are outstanding and near the very top of his class, D-I ready. "
Lewis also had a scholarship offer from East Carolina, and drew interest from Virginia Tech, Duke, Georgia, Michigan State, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Lewis is the 17th player to commit to the Gophers for the Class of 2019, and the Gophers are ranked 20th nationally and fourth among Big Ten teams in the 247Sports composite. In its own rankings, 247Sports has the Gophers 15th nationally and second to Ohio State in the Big Ten.
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