A 4-star prospect according to this week’s initial release of the Scout 100, Lewis stands 6-feet and 205 pounds, and posses 4.5 speed. He finished his junior season at Hightower High School with 134 tackles and nine sacks on his way to leading his team to the state championship game.
Lewis is currently rated the sixth best outside linebacker in the country according to Scout.com, and he credits much of that ranking to his instincts.
“I try to play relaxed and let my instincts play for me,” he said. “I waste no time getting to the ball. I shed blocks well, can come off the edge real good, and make open field tackles. My biggest strength is my first step and instincts.
“I want to keep working on open field tackling,” continued Lewis. “Sometimes I overrun plays, and I want to be a sure tackler in the open field by myself.”
Despite the shortcomings he feels he has, many college coaches have seen enough of his strengths to make him a priority in their 2010 class.
“I have about 30 offers right now from schools like Florida, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Oregon, UCLA, Notre Dame, and LSU,” he said. “I’m also being recruited by Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida State, and Cal. Recruiting is getting pretty heavy. All the coaches want me to call them, and they all tell me how I fit in at their school. They’ve all said they’re going to come see me in the spring.”
Lewis, who says he doesn’t have any favorites, but plans to narrow his list to five by the end of summer, has been to Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Texas thus far this spring. He wants to visit other schools but is unsure of which ones at this point.
“I was supposed to go down to LSU last weekend with Tony Hurd, Lache Seastrunk, and Trovon Reed,” he said. “I need to sit down with my parents and figure out where we are going to go the rest of this spring and this summer, but I definitely want to go to LSU. I’ll probably end up going for the spring game.”
Whenever Lewis does get around to making the visit it will not be his first time on the LSU campus.
“I went to LSU’s summer camp last year, and I liked it a lot when I was down there,” he said. “I liked the old coaching staff, but I haven’t gotten to know the new coaches yet. I especially like the fan support there. There was a baseball game going on when I was there for camp and people were tailgating all over the place. LSU has a really great campus.”
While there are still a few things he wants to learn about LSU, Lewis is already familiar with many things the Tigers have to offer. He’s also been hearing about it from a few of his friends.
“When I was there for camp I saw the indoor field and the weight room and all of that,” he said. “They were very nice and definitely impressive. The two biggest things I want to do when I go back are meet the new linebackers coach and see the academic center. That’s important to me because education comes first.
“I’d also like to get to know some of the players a little better,” Lewis continued. “I’ve talked to Trovon Reed about LSU a couple times, and I talk to Tony Hurd all the time. They tell me the players are really cool and they always have a good time down there. I’ve also played against Russell Shepard in high school, and I know Craig Loston but I haven’t really talked to him about LSU yet.”
Thanks in part to his friends, Lewis has been interested in LSU for a long time, and was happy to finally receive an offer from the Tigers.
“I got my offer from LSU in the mail about two weeks ago,” he said. “It felt good because I’d been waiting for LSU to offer me, and I finally got the offer I was looking for. I still get letters from LSU every day, and I talked to Coach Porter on the phone a couple weeks ago when we were planning the trip last weekend.
“I’m not sure what they’re going to do with the new defense yet, but I’m interested to find out. That’s why I want to sit down with Coach Chavis and go over the depth chart and how they plan to use me.”