ORLANDO, Fla. — NFL great and future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis was at the Citrus Bowl on Friday to watch his son, Rayshad Lewis, play in the Class 5A state championship.
During the game, which his son’s team won 37-34, Lewis couldn’t help but notice the quarterback on the opposite sideline.
“I just think he’s a warrior,” Lewis said of Feleipe Franks, the 4-star quarterback for Wakulla (Crawfordville, Fla.) High School.
“The way he played today, he’s a warrior. I’ll be excited to watch him play wherever he goes.”
When informed Franks would play for the Gators, Lewis responded, “Oh, I think he’ll be a great player for Florida. They need someone like him at quarterback.”
Franks’ team trailed twice in the fourth quarter to Lewis’ team, Orlando Bishop Moore, and he answered both times with two clutch drives.
The first series resulted in a touchdown to put Wakulla back in front, while the second set up a potential game-tying field goal that was missed on the last play of regulation.
Franks, who had 66 yards passing through three quarters, threw for 103 in the fourth and made an impression on Lewis.
“He showed me a lot,” Lewis said of Franks. “He has a hell of a future.”