A productive wide receiver and special teams returner transferring from the American Athletic Conference is officially on the South Carolina Gamecocks football team, GamecockCentral.com has learned.
Eddie Lewis, who played his last two seasons at Memphis, is now a part of Shane Beamer’s squad, according to a University of South Carolina athletics spokesperson.
During the 2022 season, the Harlem, New York product was a Second-Team All-AAC selection by both Phil Steele and PFF as a return man. He averaged 9.4 yards per punt return this past season, scoring one touchdown and turning in a 60-yard long.
Lewis also put up a strong season as a pass-catcher, tallying 42 receptions for 615 yards and 7 touchdowns through the air.
The 6-foot, 190-pounder arrived at Memphis via Butler Community College. Prior to the junior college stop, the newest Gamecocks wide receiver began his career at Rutgers.
As a high school prospect out of the 2017 class, Lewis was ranked by the On3 Consensus – a complete and equally weighted industry standard that averages rankings from all four major recruiting services – as a three-star prospect.
The On3 Consensus also tabbed Lewis as the 17th-best prospect in New Jersey and as the 86th-best wide receiver prospect in the 2017 cycle.
Six of the Gamecocks’ top 10 players in receptions from the 2022 season will not be back with the team in 2023.
Shane Beamer’s program got significant news recently when Antwane “Juice” Wells announced his return. Jalen Brooks, Jaheim Bell, Austin Stogner, MarShawn Lloyd, Josh Vann, and Nate Adkins all played their final seasons in the Garnet and Black for various reasons this past season.
For his entire collegiate career (including Rutgers and Memphis), Lewis had accumulated 94 catches for 1,173 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Lewis is the first transfer wide receiver brought in for the 2023 class by Shane Beamer’s program. CJ Adams, Kelton Henderson, and Tyshawn Russell were signed from the high school ranks at the position.