New Mexico DL on "Emotional High"

A first-hand look at the size and speed combination of Aaron Lewis quickly transformed into an offer from the FSU coaching staff Thursday at the Seminole football camp. And first-hand look at the Florida State campus and facilities - among other things - turned the Lewis family into instant fans.

Lewis heads back to New Mexico after the camp's first session with a decision to make - one that father Jerry Lewis says should be wrapped up in about two weeks.

"Right now Aaron is on such an emotional high that we all thought it was best to wait a couple of weeks in order to make a thoughful decision," the elder Lewis told the The Territory.

Lewis said Friday that head coach Bobby Bowden personally tendered the offer for the full ride and described long-time head man as "energetic and full of life."

"I was hoping to get an offer when I came here and I'm fortunate that this happened," Lewis said.

Lewis clocked a 4.68 Wednesday afternoon in testing and hopes to play defensive end at the next level. Not bad for a 260-pounder who recently squatted 440 pounds.

"They really like his combination of size and speed," said Jerry Lewis.

And the Lewis family was impressed with the surroundings. On Thursday, every FSU assistant present at the camp made thier way over to speak with the family for a few moments. Later in the day, Mr. Lewis sported a garnet FSU baseball cap.

"The meeting went real well," he said. "It's a blessed day. Florida State is one of the most storied programs in the nation, so to get an offer is an honor."

Also on the table for Lewis are offers from Texas, Texas Tech, Georgia Tech and New Mexico. As junior, Lewis racked up 89 tackles a state-record 25.5 sacks, three blocked kicks and a pair of fumble recoveries.

-Recruiting analyst Dave Peters contributed to this report.

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