Maryland Football: Florida State’s Marcus Lewis transfers to Maryland

LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 17: Traveon Samuel /

Marcus Lewis was heavily recruited by Maryland during his high school days.

On Saturday, Lewis announced that he’s transferring to Maryland while on a visit to the school. The former Gonzaga (D.C.) standout chose the Terrapins over his other finalist Washington State.

Lewis will have to sit out the 2017 season and have two seasons of eligibility remaining when he returns to the field in 2018. The cornerback appeared in eight games in 2016 and registered 21 tackles, three defended passes, and an interception for the Seminoles.

The talented cornerback was part of Florida State’s 2015 recruiting class that also featured star quarterback Deondre Francois and De’Andre Johnson. It was ranked as the third-best class in the nation, according to 247Sports.

Lewis was heavily pursued by Maryland during his high school days, but chose Florida State after decommitting from Virginia Tech.

Now he’ll join a Maryland secondary that should have a large amount of talent by 2018.

The Terps will have Tino Ellis, who showed plenty of potential in 2016, and incoming freshman Deon Jones. Both were four-star recruits prior to coming to College Park.

JC Jackson, who originally was set to play at Florida, will be a senior and is coming off a solid sophomore season at Maryland. Jackson started 11 games and recorded 40 tackles, six pass breakups, and an interception.

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Coach D.J. Durkin continues to reel in local talent for the Terps even on the transfer market. With the addition of Lewis to an already talented secondary, Maryland could have one of the better units in the Big Ten by the time the 2018 season rolls around.