Rayshad Lewis, son of Ray Lewis, announces transfer from Utah State to Maryland

Rayshad Lewis had 40 catches for 476 yards as a true freshman at Utah State. (AP Photo/Shannon Broderick)

After a productive freshman season at Utah State, Rayshad Lewis is heading back to the East Coast.

Lewis, the son of NFL great Ray Lewis, announced Monday that he will transfer to the University of Maryland, about 45 minutes south from where his father starred at linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens.

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During his lone season at Utah State, Lewis, who played his high school ball in Orlando, Florida, caught 40 passes for 476 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 110 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries for the Aggies.

Despite the playing time he received, Lewis told the Orlando Sentinel he never quite felt comfortable living in Utah:

“It’s not real surprising that a kid from Orlando didn’t fit in in Logan, Utah,” Lewis smiled. “I don’t necessarily have to be in Florida, but I just want to be in a program where I can feel more comfortable and I can relate to.”

Sometimes people just aren’t comfortable in their surroundings. Lewis wasn’t comfortable.

“It was very difficult and this decision was never easy. There were plenty of back-and-forth moments and I couldn’t just listen to everybody and what they were saying,” Lewis said. “While I listened to them and took it all into consideration, everyone just left it all up to me. My parents were saying two different things and there were people leaning me this way and people leaning me that way, but once I got everybody’s opinion that I thought was important … I just took it all in and made a decision for me and followed my heart. I just decided to make the move and look for someplace that fit me better as far as everything that goes into being a college athlete.”

At Maryland, Lewis will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out in 2017. The Terps went 6-7 in 2016, D.J. Durkin’s first season as head coach.

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