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Marcus Lewis transfers to Maryland football: Terps add former Florida State DB

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The onetime Gonzaga standout is coming home.

Former four-star defensive back Marcus Lewis announced he’d be transferring to Maryland Saturday afternoon.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound cornerback was in College Park for a visit Thursday and returned Saturday for the team’s big recruiting cookout to announce his decision, giving himself a birthday present.

The former Gonzaga standout will have to sit out a year, per NCAA transfer rules, but will join a potentially loaded secondary in 2018.

Lewis spent two seasons at Florida State moving around the Seminoles’ defensive backfield, but never found himself in a solid role due to injuries and a slew of other elite recruits making their way to Tallahassee. When he was on the field, he spent time at the “star” position, more commonly known as a nickel cornerback. He’ll likely play a similar role at Maryland as the Terps still look to replace Will Likely’s production at slot corner. RaVon Davis will likely fill that role for this coming season, but Lewis has the tools to unseat him or slide over to safety in 2018.