Post-Visit Reaction: Lewis Cine Already Looking Forward to Return Trip to Ann Arbor

Post-Visit Reaction: Lewis Cine Already Looking Forward to Return Trip to Ann Arbor

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Post-Visit Reaction: Lewis Cine Already Looking Forward to Return Trip to Ann Arbor


Top 50 2019 Cedar Hill (TX) Trinity Christian four-star safety Lewis Cine recaps his official visit to Michigan.


Post-Visit Reaction: Cine Already Looking Forward to Return Trip to Ann Arbor

More than a year after he first received his Michigan offer, four-star safety Lewis Cine finally got to visit campus.

It had been a long time coming, and the nation’s 48th-best player (according to the 247Sports Composite) finally got to see the school he had heard so much about.

A native of Everett (MA), Cine transferred to Cedar Hill (TX) Trinity Christian this offseason, and has seen his recruitment truly blow up from where it was a year ago. When Michigan offered on June 12, 2017, Cine’s big offers were from Rutgers and Florida. But now? You name the big school, he has an offer. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC, Virginia Tech, Washington and Wisconsin are just a few of the big-time programs who are trying to woo the nation’s seventh-rated player in the state of Texas to their school.

So, with a big weekend slate of top-end visitors, Michigan managed what it had hoped to do since extending that offer some twelve months ago — show Cine what life would be like if he were to join the Wolverines.

Hosted by third-year linebackers Khaleke Hudson and Josh Uche, Cine tells WolverinesWire that his official to Michigan has him wanting more already.

“It went great,” Cine said. “It was my first time there. I got a great feel for the campus, the school. I’m looking forward to coming back for a game.”

Sharing what he liked about the visit, he continued:

“Really, I got to see all of the environment, where I’d be living, what the players are like, basically what the college life in Ann Arbor is like. Even though it was June, it was really live. There was a lot of people. It’s like school wasn’t out at all.”

Getting to know his hosts and all of the recruits on campus was a more relaxing, fun endeavor compared to being a recruiting-based pressure cooker.

Cine says that he didn’t feel like the current Michigan players — nor the outspoken 2019 commits who were also present, in Georgia three-star LB Charles Thomas and five-star Christopher Hinton — were putting on the hard sell. Instead, they all just got to know each other and bond in the process.

“We really got to chop it up, bond and have a connection,” Cine said. “And some of the commits like Charles and Christopher, we really chilled, laughed, played some ball – all that stuff.”

On Thomas and Hinton, Cine added:

“It’s not that they were really recruiting (me) hard. We were bonding, talking. Having fun more than them just trying to recruit me, recruit me, recruit me. It was more just chilling and bonding up and having fun. That’s pretty much what it was.”

Where Michigan did pull out a pitch to the 6-foot-2, 180-pound four-star was where he’d be playing.

No, not at The Big House — but that’s always the pitch the staff makes. But the nation’s third-rated safety wasn’t paired with Khaleke Hudson by accident.

When he met with his recruiters, Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown and safeties coach Chris Partridge, they relayed that they see a physical prospect that could make a big impact in one of the Wolverines’ most visible roles: at VIPER.

Once the coaches showed Cine the tape of how they’d use him, his ears perked up imagining the possibilities.

“When Coach was showing it to me, I was like, ‘Oh! That really fits me!’” Cine said. “They said I’m really physical, long, rangy, fast. They’ll put me (in at) VIPER – really be physical, near the line of scrimmage, playing man-blitz. To bring chaos.”

Michigan does face fierce competition for Cine’s signature come Signing Day. According to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, twelve predictions all have him joining Penn State, where he officially visited just two weeks ago. And just last week, Tom Herman’s resurgent Texas Longhorns also received an official visit from the elite prospect.

While he’s planning to visit Florida and Georgia sometime in the near future, Cine tells WolverinesWire that he’s in no hurry to end the process, as he’s just enjoying what his recruitment has to offer.

But, having visited Ann Arbor, Michigan has certainly made a big impression, nonetheless.

“Michigan is very high on the list,” Cine said. “I wanted to visit and to get a feel for it and I did. And the thing is, once I visited, I kind of want more – to see more about the spot, to learn more about Ann Arbor.

“The other visits (to Penn State and Texas), they were awesome, too. When you’re on top of their board, they really bring their A-game.”

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