College Signing

Gabe Lewis to join Guilford College offensive line

April 21, 2014 

Gabe Lewis signs with Guilford College with his parents (seated) Lisa and James Tucker, (standing, from left) Clayton principal Clint Eaves and assistant football coaches Anthony Barbour and Vernon Brigman.

D. CLAY BEST — cbest@newsobserver.com

Parents: James and Lisa Tucker

High School: Clayton

Position: Center

Height, Weight: 6-foot-2, 285 pounds

Also Considered: Fayetteville State, Methodist, Randolph Macon, UNC Pembroke

Why Guilford? “The feel of the community and small campus. I love that you’re not a number in a glass there. They’re going to know you by your name there.”

Major: Exercise and Sports Science

Notable: Gabe was a two-year starter for the Comets at center. He helped lead a Clayton line that has rushed for more than 7,600 yards in the past two seasons combined and paved the way for four players to rush for more than 1,000 yards individually. … He started playing center as a sophomore and immediately liked the leadership role that came with being a center. The fact that he knew he probably wouldn’t be tall enough to play tackle in college helped sway his position change as well. “And I like knowing that the guy you’ve got to block at center is right there in front of you,” Gabe said. “You know who you’re going to get to battle.” … Making the move to a spread-based offense with shotgun snaps is something he’s already working on. He snaps to fellow Clayton football standout Eric Hoy every so often. … He wans to improve his speed in college. “Speed is always something you can work on,” he said. “You can always be faster and you can always have a better first step.” … He was a two-time all-conference selection for the Comets.

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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