A player that is arguably the nation's top junior college defensive end prospect has Arkansas solidly among the top teams on his list.
Hutchinson, Kan., Community College standout Marquavius Lewis (6-4, 270) visited the Razorbacks for their scrimmage back on April 5.
"I really enjoyed seeing what Arkansas had to offer and the straight forward and honest approach that the coaches are recruiting me with," Lewis said. "They believe I can come in and be an instant impact guy that can turn a defense around.
"I know they have one of their starting defensive ends (Chris Smith) headed to the league this year and another (Trey Flowers) headed there next season so that leaves some big holes to fill," Lewis said. "I believe that I have the talent and the work ethic to be a guy that could do that."
Lewis played basketball only until his junior year, broke his arm early in his senior year and thus did not have the football offers he wanted when he graduated from Greenwood, S.C., Hutchinson.
But he now has some 15 offers – Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Tennessee, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Louisville, West Virginia, UCLA and Arizona State.
He has gone from a 225-pound high school player to a 270-pound college prospect and had 61 tackles last season – 19 for lost yardage, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
"I just thought I could go to junior college, develop and then have a chance to go to an elite school," Lewis said. "That's just how it is working out for me because I have listened to coaching and really tried to develop all of my skills.
"I think my strengths are my size and speed and that I really have the nose for the football," Lewis said. "I need to keep getting stronger and working on my technique."
Many are speculating that South Carolina has the best chance to land him because it is in his home state.
"Location and staying home is not going to be the biggest factor for me," Lewis said. "South Carolina is a good school and it is close, but I have to make this decision on where I can come play, help my team win and push toward getting in the league (NFL)."
Lewis was pleased with what he heard from new Razorback defensive line coach Roy Segrest, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles.
"The fact that he has coached in the NFL and knows what it takes to get players there makes me give him automatic respect," Lewis said. "I really liked talking to him and he really knows his stuff.
"One thing I really like about him is that he says he wants to be a teacher and not just somebody that yells all the time," Lewis added. "He respects the guys he coaches and treats them as men. He will let you know you made a mistake, but he won't make you feel bad when you do. He just wants you to do your job. I really think that is the best way.
"Arkansas has great facilities and all that has me really thinking hard about them and what my future would be like if I decide to go there," Lewis continued.
Lewis, who got to see the campuses of South Carolina and Clemson in high school, plans some trips this summer.
He and the Dragons are currently going through spring practice with two weeks left in the workouts.
"Arkansas is the only school that I have visited so far so they have kind of set the bar, but I plan to get to see some more this summer," Lewis said. "I'm planning to come back and see Arkansas again, too."
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