Auburn Visit Eye-Opener For Five-Star DE

Marquavius Lewis discusses his visit to Auburn, his commitment status to South Carolina, a timetable for his final decision and more.

A five-star defensive end prospect and the number one junior college pass rusher in the country, Marquavius Lewis was in Auburn over the weekend to check out the Tigers. A longtime commitment to South Carolina, Lewis left the Plains high on Gus Malzahn’s program and with a decision to make in the coming weeks.

“It went pretty good,” Lewis said. “They opened up my eyes about a lot of things. Coming in, the foundation is already set having Carl Lawson on one side and me on the other and of course having Montravius inside. It would be a pretty nice defensive line.

An early graduate from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, Lewis will sign on Dec. 17 and has the expectations to come in and play right away. That’s something that works in Auburn’s favor because of the need for an impact player at defensive end for 2015.

“That’s a big impact for me,” Lewis said. “That’s what I have worked hard for. I’m going to continue to work hard towards that.”

One of the first schools to recruit Lewis in junior college and offer him a scholarship after building a strong relationship at Hutchinson following the signings of Ben Bradley, Kenny Flowers and Devonte Danzey, Auburn has been persistent with Lewis even after his commitment to the Gamecocks and it’s something that could pay off in the long run.

“I definitely didn’t think they would stop (recruiting him),” Lewis said. “Coach (Rodney) Garner kept at me. He was the first person that showed me and was telling me what I had to offer to a school. He’s been there ever since.

“It means a lot to me,” he added. “That first offer in juco is pretty big. It showed me that all my hard work has been paying off.”

Planning to sign in less than a month, Lewis said he still considers himself committed to South Carolina, but adds the Tigers made a serious push on his visit. Possibly making his decision before that date and after his season ends on Dec. 6 when the Blue Dragons face Hudson Valley in the Salt City Bowl, Lewis notes it’s a close race until the end.

“It’s primarily those two,” Lewis said. “It’s very tight. I’m still committed there, but it’s a big deal right now. This visit showed me a lot that I needed to see.”

Earning Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors, Lewis has racked up 60 tackles, (23 solo), 11 sacks, 20 tackles for losses for 110 yards, and 20 quarterback hurries.

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