5-Star DE Impressed By First Trip to Auburn

Hutchinson standout defensive end Marquavius Lewis talks about his interest in the Auburn Tigers after spending the day on the AU campus.

Scout.com five-star defensive end Marquavius Lewis made his first visit to check out the Auburn Tigers on Friday and said he came away impressed.

Scheduled to graduate from Hutchinson Community College in December, Lewis noted that he hopes to have a decision on which four-year program he will choose by the mid-point of his sophomore season at his Kansas junior college.

Previously after visiting South Carolina last Saturday he said the Gamecocks were his leader. On Friday evening after his Auburn visit he noted that he doesn't have a leader.

Asked what will be the most important factor in picking a college, he said, "My relationship with the coaches and players and being around a great program as well."

Lewis, a native of Greenwood, S.C., made the drive to Auburn with friends and said he was glad he checked out the Tigers and spent time with the coaches and players.

"It was a great visit," he said. "There was a great vibe with the community and the coaches seem great. There are even some players I know like Ben Bradley, Kenny Flowers and (Devonte) Danzey. They said it is a great atmosphere and they are losing some players and it is a great opportunity for me to come in and actually play."

Fitting in with his new team and being a guy who can contribute immediately is very important, he noted. "I don't want to be just another body," he said. "That is a big part of choosing my school."

Commenting on his trip to check out the 2013 SEC champions, Lewis said, "It was better than what I expected. I am definitely going to take an official visit if our schedules can match up."

A player who was 6-4, 216 pounds as a high school senior, he is the same height, but currently checks in at 270 pounds. He said the extra size made a big difference during his freshman season playing for the Blue Dragons when he put together an impressive statistical line. He finished with 31 solo tackles, 29 assists, 17 tackles for loss, 6 1/2 sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.

"I had a great coach who stuck with me last spring and showed me what to do as a pass rusher and I have been with it since," he said. "I work on my craft a lot."

Asked how he got so much bigger, Lewis said, "I eat a lot and I work out a lot. I am striving to get better every day." He also noted by giving up basketball with "all that running" it has been easier to add weight.

The five-star prospect has plenty of scholarship offers and said he is also considering Tennessee, Alabama and Arizona State in addition to Auburn and South Carolina, but doesn't have any current plans to visit those schools this summer before he heads back to Kansas in June. "It's amazing because in high school I didn't have too many opportunities," he said. "Junior college put me in the place I want to be."

Lewis added that just because he had a strong freshman season he is not satisfied. "I am trying to improve those numbers so they (major college coaches) can see that I am not settling for where I am at."

The coach recruiting him at Auburn is Rodney Garner, who works with the Tigers' defensive lineman. The prospect said he has a good relationship with Garner. "He is always telling me he will treat me like I am his own and he will take care of me. He is a great coach."

On his visit to Auburn he also spent time with Auburn's head coach, Gus Malzahn. "He is a great dude as well," Lewis said. "I had good vibes, a great time on my visit to Auburn."

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