It’s the season of official visits, and Cedar Hill (Texas) Trinity Christian School 2019 4-star safety Lewis Cine is right in the middle of it all.
He checked out Penn State on June 8, Texas on June 15 and Michigan on June 22.
During his time in Ann Arbor, Cine was blown away.
“The visit was great for my first time there. They only left the impression where I wanted to see more and experience more. The weight room is beautiful. It’s crazy.
“The players had great vibes when I was chillin’ with them, so that was awesome. I chalked it up with Khaleke Hudson and Josh Uche. Those two guys are great people.”
Cine liked the visit so much that he already is planning a return visit for the fall. He said he plans to make a commitment during his senior season.
“I’ll probably get back there for a game,” Cine said. “Just to see the environment and what goes on during a game day.”
When walking with Hudson and Uche, Cine noticed the friendship factor. Players laughed, joked around and had fun throughout the day.
“That’s a really big factor because Michigan isn’t going to be the place where everyone is enemies and nobody clicks together,” Cine said.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back said it is impossible to compare his Michigan visit to Penn State and Texas.
“All of them have their differences. They are all top schools. Michigan really has a shot in my recruitment. They were recruiting me from the beginning. Most schools started to bandwagon, but Michigan was in it from the start.
“Other schools, I’m not saying names, dropped me once I moved down [to Texas]. Michigan stayed even though I moved.”
He is not living in Massachusetts anymore, but Cine’s Bay State roots play a colossal role in his interest in Michigan, as defensive coordinator Don Brown was born in Spencer, Mass., just 60 miles from Everett High School. That’s where Cine spent the first few years of his career.
“It was great to catch up with him,” Cine said. “All I wanted to see was Ann Arbor for itself. It was real great because most the colleges I’ve visited, there haven’t been a lot of people around. But Michigan was very live.”
Michigan wants to use Cine at the Viper position.
Cine is ranked No. 48 in the nation, No. 3 at his position and No. 7 in Texas, according to the 247Sports composite. He has offers from 36 schools, including Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and Washington.
The safety said he plans to major in business.