Clovis Duo Enjoys Tempe Trip

Running back Tracy Slocum and defensive end Chris Lewis are rivals on the field. Ironically, just this last Friday both of their schools faced each other. Yet their friendship is strong and the possibility of both being a package deal isn't all that remote. The Sun Devils are one of the schools that is strongly recruiting both, and they are looking good based on the impressions of the two from their official visit to the Valley of the Sun this past weekend.

"I really liked the atmosphere," said the 5-10 195 Tracy Slocum. "Everybody was really nice and showed me a good time. I also liked the college city atmosphere they have there." The running back was hosted by ASU wide receiver Brandon Smith during his visit.

Slocum is being recruited by Arizona State Offensive Line Coach Brent Myers, who extended a scholarship offer in the spring of Slocum's junior year. "Arizona State is a good program," Slocum remarked. "I've seen them play on TV, and you can tell they're a good team."

The Clovis East running back didn't commit on his visit, since the trip to the Sun Devils was his first one, and he would still like to explore his other options. "I plan to visit UCLA, California, Oregon and Fresno State," he remarked. "Washington State, Arizona, and Nebraska are other programs that offered me early and I'm still considering them…I think that I will take all my five visits, I just don't know which schools I'm gonna visit."

Out of all his suitors, Fresno State is by far the closest school to his home. However, how much of factor will that play in his decision? "It's not really important," he replied. " Fresno State is a good program like the other schools are. I just want to look around and see what's out there. I want to go to the best place for me, and that may not be close to home."

Slocum has missed his team's last three contests, but through four games he has already collected 734 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. "I have good vision," he said of his attributes. "I'm very elusive and I break a lot of tackles. I think I need to get better at everything, and if I can do that I think I can be a great player." Slocum added that there's no timetable for his return from his injury. "If they need me I can play, but the coaches want to make sure that I get healthy for the playoffs."

With a score of 1200 on the new SAT and a GPA of 2.8, Slocum is already qualified. Nevertheless, he does plan to retake his test.

Clovis West defensive end Chris Lewis (pictured) also came back from Tempe with favorable impressions. "I had a lot fun hanging out with the players," said the 6-2 235 Lewis. "It was cool going to the game and watching all those fans in the stadium. I had a good time touring the campus and the city. I really loved everything about the visit. I really liked the hospitality and I can see myself at Arizona State."

Ironically, Lewis also missed the big Clovis showdown last week, and his physical health naturally weighs heavily on his mind. "I think I'm well-balanced and I play the rush and pass at the same level," he said as he self-assessed his skills. "Schools are recruiting me a pass rusher, so I guess coaches think my pass rushing is my stronger skill…I tore my triceps, so right now I'm trying to get healthy and get back on the field. I missed the last three weeks, but I should be ready this week. I just want to get healthy, help my team, and get myself ready to hopefully play as a true freshman next year."

Lewis will return to the Grand Canyon State next week as he trips to University of Arizona. Furthermore, sometime in November a visit to Oregon is likely to take place. "I also want to visit Fresno State and UCLA," he commented. "I want to take some other visits and see what's out there. ASU was my fist visit and it definitely set the bar for the other trips I'm gonna take."

Oregon, UCLA, and Cal are the only other schools aside from ASU that are heavily recruiting both players. Judging by Lewis' comments, there's a good chance that one of those four programs will land him and his buddy. "I guess you can say that we're a package deal because we're both looking for the same things in a school," he explained. "We're good friends and it would be cool to play with each other."

Lewis is also academically qualified. He sports a 3.3 GPA and 1400 score on the new SAT.

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