There is no way Mo Lewis could have anticipated the inevitable father-son chat coming this soon.
Not the one regarding the birds and the bees, but the one about the swarm of college basketball coaches soon to buzz around his young son, Chris. (Pictured above in the middle.)
The elder Lewis, a linebacker for the Jets for 13 seasons through 2003, is no neophyte when it comes to recruiting, even if his own courtship by colleges did not commence until his senior year of high school. He knew this day was approaching. Chris is 6 feet 7 inches, shod in size-16 sneakers. He is agile, assured and ambidextrous, and even more A’s fill his report card.
The day arrived, though, accelerated by a text message from the man who will be Chris’s high school basketball coach, David Boyd. It alerted Mo Lewis to two scholarship offers fielded by Boyd shortly before Chris’s graduation — from middle school. Lewis, in turn, cautioned his son, who turned 14 in January, not to let the affections of college programs lead to an inflated sense of self-importance.
“It doesn’t mean anything,” Lewis said in an interview at an Amateur Athletic Union tournament where his son played. “It’s very flattering, but you still have to wait. It just means he has the potential now.
“It’s like telling a 14-year-old you’re going to get him a car when he turns 17. He still has to learn how to drive, study for the test and pass it.”
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