In-State Junior Takes Visit To Auburn

Linden's Terris Lewis talks about his weekday visit to Auburn to check out the Tigers.

Linden, Ala.--An All-State performer as a junior on one of the state's top defenses, talented linebacker Terris Lewis isn't a stranger to the Auburn football program having visited five times during the 2010 season but on Tuesday he got a different view of the Tigers.

Taking an unofficial visit to meet with Gene Chizik and the Auburn coaching staff along with coach Andro Williams, Lewis is a player to watch as the 2012 recruiting hysteria begins to pick up steam this spring. At 6-3, 195 with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash, Lewis is on the map for the Tigers and said his trip went very well.

"It was great," Lewis said. "I learned a lot about Auburn up there today. I just want to be up there with them as a family.

"I walked around and talked to the coaches and just saw how the school worked," Lewis added. "I saw how everybody was a family up there. I just learned a lot about getting my education. That's what you go to school for, to get your education."

High school teammates with Auburn redshirt freshman Justin Delaine, Lewis has already had an inside look at how recruiting works and is very familiar with the Tigers because of that. He said having the opportunity to talk to Delaine is something that is already helping him and Auburn.

"He told me it was a good school," Lewis said. "He told me it was the best school for me to be at. He just told me to come up there, to do whatever it takes to get there. He wants me to be in the family with him."

Hearing from Mississippi State, Alabama and UAB in addition to Auburn, Lewis said at the moment he's still waiting on his first offer but has one school out in front.

"They (Auburn) said they liked me," Lewis said. "They said when I take my ACT if everything is good then they're going to offer me. I take it in April (April 14).

"I have always been an Auburn fan," he added. "It's just the school I liked."

He said he especially enjoyed seeing the Tigers capture the BCS National Championship this past season. As a player he said you could learn a lot from watching their success.

"It shows me they play as a team," Lewis said. "They listen to their coaches and they love each other and trust each other."

As a sophomore Lewis had a big season for the Patriots playing alongside Delaine. He finished with 113 stops in 2009 and topped that last year for one of the state's most dominant defenses. In 14 games he had 134 tackles with 33 for a loss as Linden allowed just 104 total points and recorded six shutouts.

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