Wednesday, February 28, 2018

National Recruit Lewis Cine leaves Everett Football for Texas; Talks former Coach John DiBiaso & College Decision

Lewis Cine, the most highly regarded Massachusetts recruit in the Class of 2019, led a dominant Everett defense last season, but will move to Texas to finish out his high school career.    Photo by Joe Parello.
By Eamon Convey (@ConveyWEEI)

Everett High School has become synonymous with excellence as far as Massachusetts high school football is concerned.

The Crimson Tide have won the last two MIAA Division 1 state championships, and have been one of the state's premier programs for the last quarter century, capturing 11 Super Bowl titles and over 250 wins under coach John DiBiaso the past 26 seasons.

However, after DiBiaso announced his retirement, then his decision to take the head coaching position at Catholic Memorial, many questions surround the program going into the 2018 season.

Now, one player the Tide were undoubtedly counting on to help bridge the gap in the coming year has decided to take his talents south to the Lone Star State, as four-star defensive back Lewis Cine made his intentions to transfer known this past weekend.

Not that immediate geography should affect his recruitment, as Cine has earned offers from over 30 Division 1 programs, and from Boston College, to Ohio State, to Florida to Southern California, the young man certainly has options. 

“Just looking for a change of scenery,” Cine said when asked why he was leaving Everett. “This will not affect my recruitment at all.”

Cine, a 6-foot-5 safety who possesses a rare combination of size, speed, and athleticism, with a knack for finding the football as well as a penchant for leveling bone-crushing hits, will immediately enroll at Trinity Christian School in Cedarhill, Texas.

With offers from several national powers, including the University of Texas in his new home state, Cine remains uncommitted, and will now have a chance to further entice those schools by playing higher level competition in what some consider to be the best football state in the nation.

“I haven’t had that ‘wow’ visit just yet,” Cine said of his college search thus far. "But I am waiting on it, and am thinking about what the best decision is for me and my family.”

When asked about the situation with DiBiaso, Cine said he and his teammates were unaware of their former coach's intentions to take another job.

“I don’t know the full story," Cine said. “All I know is he said he was going to retire, and then boom, we find out he’s the head coach somewhere else. But that doesn’t mean anything to me.”

Regardless of the future of the Crimson Tide program, Cine is poised to get a full ride to one of the many high-level programs that have already offered, and we’ll be keeping an eye as he gets closer to finalizing his decision.

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