Lewis Cine left Everett High School in Everett, Massachusetts, in February to live with his uncle in Lancaster, Texas. The junior safety was previously recruited by Everett before moving to Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas, and has already joined the team in spring practices.
Cine, born in Haiti, moved to Florida when he was 5 and moved to Massachusetts to live with his dad before high school. As a child, his main focus was on a different form of football.
“In Haiti, there is really just one sport because everyone loves soccer,” he said.
When Cine moved in with his dad in Everett, he started playing American football for a youth league.
“When I got to high school, football really got big for me,” Cine said. “I was getting noticed.”
Cine didn’t start on varsity until playoffs of his freshman year and had to work hard to make up for the lost time. He left Massachusetts earlier this year after changes to the coaching staff and to play on a larger stage.
“In Texas, everything is bigger, it is hotter and football is such a big deal,” Cine said.
Despite being a newcomer, Cine has already made an impression on the coaching staff and teammates.
“He is so mature,” said defensive coordinator Andre Hart. “He is the kind of kid that you can pick out in a room just by the way he carries himself.
“He has that ‘it’ factor and can process plays quickly on the field. He already has other guys looking to him to lead.”
Cine, a four-star recruit, according to 247Sports, has received 36 scholarship offers, including Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State. Ultimately, Cine said he plays for his mother, who lives in Chile.
“The main reason I wear the number 16 is that my mom had me when she was 16 and she does so much for me,” Cine said.