Florida QB Ready For Final Visits

Miami Lakes High signal caller Thaddeus Young has cut down his list of schools to a final four. With half of those schools already receiving visits, the No. 67 rated quarterback in the class of 2006 says he can see the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to making his decision. TDD spoke with Lewis on Tuesday night to get an update on where he stands with everything.

"I'm down to Duke, Texas Christian, Pittsburgh, and South Florida," said Thaddeus Lewis. "I've already visited TCU and Pittsburgh, and I'm going to South Florida on January 20th and then Duke the following weekend. I hope to have a decision a day or two after the visit to Duke."

After a junior season that saw interest in Lewis wane, the 6-foot-2,185 pound signal caller jumped back on to the national radar screen with 1,237 yards and 12 touchdowns and only having three interceptions while displaying much improved arm strength along with his trademarked mobility.

"I really worked on becoming a better throwing quarterback than anything else. People saw me and immediately assumed that I was more comfortable using my legs to run. That's not true. I think I am a very good throwing quarterback and I only run when I have to."

On the recruiting trail Lewis said he enjoyed his first two official visits, and is looking forward to his last two as well.

"Pittsburgh and Texas Christian were a lot of fun, but they were just really cold. I mean really cold. But I had a good time at each place. I liked the coaches and players."

Now Lewis will turn his attention to his final two visits before making a decision at the end of the month.

"Both Duke and South Florida are talking about me coming in and competing right away for a spot on the two-deep. South Florida will probably be a similar atmosphere to what I'm used to since it's pretty close."

With Duke I'm expecting a real change in things. They are more of a college town and they're in the heart of the ACC. I'm expecting to see a lot when I'm up there. I talk to the coaches at Duke a lot."

So, in the end, what's going to be the deciding factor for Lewis?

"I think it's going to come down to where I can fit in. I know that next year I'm probably going to redshirt and learn the system while I get adjusted to college off the field. Once I do that I want a chance to earn my way on to the field. I also need to be comfortable with the players and the coaching staff – this is a decision that I have to make for both the short and long term."

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