The addition of Ray Lewis III, the son of the legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker, to the Coastal Carolina football program is official.
The Chanticleers formally announced Lewis III and three other transfers to the program Tuesday.
Former Kent State defensive back Adam Maxie, former St. James High School quarterback Josh Roper (via the University of Pikeville) and former Memphis wide receiver Kyle Wilson are the other latest additions to the Chants' 2015 roster.
Lewis III was the name that generated buzz last week when he announced on Instagram that he would be transferring from Miami to Coastal Carolina. Converted from a running back to a defensive back and listed at 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, he redshirted the 2013 season and then did not see any action last year with the Hurricanes. In high school, he rushed for 5,283 career yards and 53 touchdowns, totaled 56 catches for 1,190 yards and 11 scores and tallied 290 tackles and nine sacks on defense. He'll have three years of eligibility with the Chants.
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Maxie, listed at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, played in four games last season for Kent State as a redshirt-freshman after a standout high school football career in Texas and will also have three years of eligibility. His father Brett Maxie played 13 seasons in the NFL and is currently the defensive backs coach at Vanderbilt.
Roper, 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, redshirted last season at Pikeville, an NAIA program in Kentucky. He'll have to sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining after that. A three-year starter at quarterback for St. James, he passed for 730 yards and seeven touchdowns as a senior while rushing for 286 yards and seven scores. He is the son of Coastal Carolina Director of Public Safety David Roper.
Wilson, 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, saw action in Memphis' season opener this fall as a redshirt-freshman and did not record any stats. He will have three years of eligibility left. He played his high school football in Georgia, helping Sandy Creek High School to a Class 4A state championship and a 15-0 record as a senior while catching 39 passes for 714 yards and five touchdowns.
Coastal Carolina did not announce what scholarship commitments these players received.
The program previously announced three other mid-year additions in offensive lineman Daniel Anousheh (from Alabama-Birmingham), defensive back Eric Church (from Kent State) and defensive back Austin Murillo (from College of the Canyons).