March 28, 2011
SU the first school to show Lewis interest
Hammonton (N.J) St. Joseph linebacker Kaiwan Lewis is one of the top linebackers on the east coast and his offer list proves it. Despite all of the schools coming in one school had to be the first out of them all to show the prospect interest.
"Last weekend Syracuse offered me. It is a great opportunity, they have a great school and they were actually the first school to ever start recruiting me," Lewis said. "The offer kind of caught me by surprise because I have not been in close contact with them lately. They have sent me a lot of letters and then I got an email from one of their coaches and I called him up."
What does that mean for Syracuse since they were first?
"It is good, the first school to show me interest they have been consistent in my recruitment so far."
With already a decent time for both parties to get to know each other Lewis knows a little about the Orange, but he is ready to learn more.
"As far as football goes they are a program that is on the rise. I know that I would probably be able to play early there. They have also had some great players play there like Donovan McNabb and Dwight Freeney. I am just waiting to get up there and find out more about it."
A tentative date for a visit has been set.
"Right now I am planning on their spring game, but I am not sure of the details. I know I am going to get there real soon."
While he is on his trip he already knows the items he will be focused on the most.
"I am mostly going to be looking at the academic side of the school. Then I will see how the coaches are and if I fit in, see if I can play for those coaches and be part of that program."
On Rivals.com the Garden State prospect is listed as an outside linebacker, but at Syracuse he would most likely gravitate between inside and outside
"Actually I believe they want me to play both outside and inside because I can come off of the edge on third downs and stuff."
His ability to rush off of the edge is not the only thing he would bring to the table.
"I bring toughness, leadership, and I am a quick learner. I will be a four year starter this season at my high school, so I pick up the game very fast."
The recruiting process could be a short one for Lewis, but there are some factors that could draw his process out until the end.
"At first I was thinking about summer, but after the amount of coaching changes I saw after last season I think I might wait. I want to build a relationship with the coach that will be at the school I pick, so I want to make sure they will be there. If I am confident that they will I could make it in late summer. If I don't feel ready then I will make it signing day."
As a junior Lewis had one of the top seasons for a linebacker in the Northeast, his team won all of their game and he had solid numbers.
"Last football season we were state champs. I had 80 tackles, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, a blocked punt, and an interception that I returned for a touchdown."
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