"It was a no-brainer for me."

Brandon Lewis has signed and faxed his letter of intent to the Univeristy of Alabama. Lewis and his coach give Scout.com a signing day story.



Brandon Lewis
6-3, 260, DE/TE
Pleasant Grove (Pleasant Grove)
Scout.com three-star recruit

Why Alabama?: "I have been an Alabama fan and always wanted to go there. It was a no-brainer for me. I have been wanting to play there my whole life. My uncle, Michael Myers, played there. He was an All-American defensive tackle for Alabama. I have always wanted to play for them," Lewis said.

On Coach Nick Saban as a recruiter: "Coach Saban has done a great job recruiting. We are one of the top classes in the country, and we will finish No.1. Obviously he is doing a great job."

Coach Jim Elgin: "Obviously he's been a lot of fun to coach. He's a great kid. He comes from a good solid family background. He never missed a practice or anything of that nature. He always comes to work hard and puts in the extra time and effort. He's very coachable."

"His size and speed, for a kid that big [strengths]. He moves real well, runs fast. He progressed a lot this year defensive-end-wise just with his technique learning things about the position that in his junior year he was kind of flying by the seat of his pants a little bit. I think those are some of the things that he really improved on this year."

"He wanted to go there [Alabama] from the get-go. He went to some camps early and kind of got on their radar. Coach [Kevin] Steele, who has been recruiting him, and Coach [Nick] Saban after signing day last year visited. I think they liked what they saw on tape."

"Some of the things they saw him do on tape was that he had actually played running back for us as a sophomore and wide receiver, so they saw the potential where he could run and move in space and do those kinds of things. I think that and his body type and his frame that kind of sold him on what he could do for them or what he would be able to help them with."

"I think so [future defensive end]. I think so. He's big enough in their scheme where they can bump him down with the linebackers standing outside of him, and he can hold his own. He did some of that in the Alabama Mississippi All-Star Game, but I think defensive end is where he's going to play."

"How they employ him in their scheme obviously is up to them. I think that's obviously the position he will play down there."

Bio: Lewis had 66 tackles for his Spartan team during his senior season, 12 for a loss and seven sacks with two fumble recoveries. He was a Press Register Elite 18 and ASWA All-State honorable mention selection, the Birmingham News 2007 Super All-Metro Team, Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game.

Analysis: Lewis has a quick first step and shows good speed and athleticism coming off the edge. Lewis has a good motor and good at chasing down a player. He shows good pass rushing skills and uses his hands well. Lewis also has a nice inside move. He plays the run well and moves down the line nicely.


ScoutSouth.com's Rebecca Johnston contributed to this report.

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