March 20, 2011

Jersey LB likes tradition

All-Americans linebackers Luke Kuechly and Mark Herzlich have brought a lot of positive attention to the Boston College football program. So it is not surprising that some of the best linebackers in the country are looking into Boston College. Hammonton (N.J) St. Joseph linebacker Kaiwan Lewis has established himself as one of the top linebackers in the country and says Boston College is definitely on his radar.

"The recruiting process has been great; I just picked up an offer from Florida. I have 19 scholarships now," said Lewis. "The schools that are recruiting me the hardest and the schools that I am most interested in are Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Boston College, Rutgers, UConn and Tennessee."

Lewis says he will begin narrowing down his list of schools over the summer. He plans on taking his official visits before his football season and coming to an ultimate decision sometime around November.

What does the 6-foot-2, 227-pound linebacker think about Boston College?

"Great academic school, Coach Dawson and Coach McGovern have told me they are building right now and believe they can win a national championship in the future. I know they recently got a top receiver in (New Jersey native) Shakim Phillips. BC is a great school and they have been recruiting me very hard, so I got to go up there and see it for myself."

Lewis says he has like what he has seen from Luke Kuechly,

"I really admire Luke Kuechly. He came in as a freshman and was All-ACC, then went on to be an All-American, even as a young guy. I want to be able to come in and play early and contribute like he has."

Lewis says he plans to take a visit at the end of April. What will he be looking for on his visit?

"I want to go to a school that is a home away from home. I want to go to a place with good academics that I can get my degree. I know some guys are going into the NFL draft without a degree, if the lockout happens they will not have anything to fall back on. I'm also looking for a place where the coaches care about me on and off the field; I want it to be like a family."

Lewis had 80 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, a blocked punt and an interception for a touchdown last season. What are his biggest strengths as a player?

"I bring a lot of heart to the field and I have good speed and can hit."

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