What Ray Lewis was to NFL running backs, his son is to high school quarterbacks.
One look at the highlight reel for Bishop Moore (Orlando) senior cornerback Rayshad Lewis — the less imposing and more soft-spoken son of the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker — and it should be clear to prep football coaches that they should not ever throw to his side of the field.
Except, they haven’t quite learned yet. The 5-10, 165-pound Lewis totaled seven interceptions during Bishop Moore’s 13-1 run to the 2014 Class 5A state semifinals last year, capturing Third Team All-State honors for his efforts. He then opened his senior campaign with a trio of picks in the season opener, igniting another 6-0 start for the Hornets.
Son’s team: 6-0 after last nite!!!Talkin ball w/Keanu Neal. #lifeisamazing family. Football. Friends. pic.twitter.com/jU1hFYvaVs
— Ray Lewis (@raylewis) October 9, 2015
The Orlando Sentinel profiled the younger Lewis over the weekend. Ray refused comment, telling the paper, “You’ll have to ask him. This is his night.” But Rayshad offered some insight into their relationship, relaying that his father attends every game and breaks down film with him afterwards.
“There is always going to be criticism with his fans or people who aren’t his fans … and they expect so much from me. I’d just like people to see me as me. I’m Rayshad Lewis. I’m also his son, but I’m a player myself and my talent has nothing to do with my dad’s success. I want people to understand that.”
Indeed, Rayshad has a number of offers from Division I schools, including Fresno State, Toledo and Coastal Carolina, where his brother Ray Lewis III also plays defensive back.