RECRUITING: Anthony Lewis Takes In Campus Visit

Because his parents work for airlines, travel is never a problem for Haltom City (TX) linebacker Anthony Lewis. The 6-2.5, 220-pound head hunter has his pick of schools yet with such easy travel at his disposal, he's had a rather quiet summer. He's taken only one visit and that was earlier this week.

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Lewis and his parents visited Gainesville to spend some time on the University of Florida campus and with co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, who doubles as the Gators defensive line coach. Lewis thought the trip was time well spent.

"It went well," Lewis said. "We got down there and had a little lack of communication about where we were supposed to meet so I only got to meet with (co-Defensive Coordinator) Coach Mattison for about 45 minutes. It was great though. I got to see all the athletic facilities. The only thing I didn't see was the locker room."

Although there was that mixup which limited his time and got things off to a less than rousing start, Lewis said that Mattison simply stepped in and smoothed things over. The Gator coach left as few stones unturned as he could in the brief contact time.

"I think Coach Mattison really knows his kids," he added. "He does his homework and he knew a lot about me. I think they are going to have a good recruiting class this year. I liked The Swamp because I really want to play on a grass surface. I heard it is a real intimidating place. I heard it holds 92,000 people. That is an insane crowd, it sounds like to me."

Lewis had an outstanding junior season where he chalked up 110 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions for his Haltom team. When he wasn't destroying some opponent on the football field, he was tearing it up in the classroom where he is a quality student who is considering majoring in mathematics. One of his priorities in Gainesville was to spend as much time as possible with Florida's academic support staff.

"I talked to the student advisor at the athletic center that helps the freshmen," he said. "He went over their schedule of what they do over the summer and how it filters in to the next season. They get all the freshmen ready so they are adapted to the school by the time the season starts."

Florida was his first campus visit this summer. Chalk that up to a schedule so busy that he had to cancel one visit already although he hopes to make that one up.

"I am going to go visit LSU … it was supposed to be this weekend but we have a state tournament this weekend and I won't be able to make it. Right now I am planning on getting to Notre Dame too."

Lewis said he will be able to announce a final list of schools once he has visited Notre Dame and LSU. He also plans on taking official visits when his team isn't playing, one during a bye week in his season and the rest after the season.

Anthony Lewis is a big time player in a huge position of need for the University of Florida football team He is a prototypical linebacker with all the tools to succeed at the big time college level. When he envisions the future, that's exactly where he sees himself.

"I don't think there is anything that I see for me except that I will be playing football at the highest level," he said.

REDMAN REACTION: It seems as though Coach Mattison turned what could have been a serious bad visit (from the miscommunication) into an impressive one for Lewis. Lewis was very impressed with the way Mattison handled a tough situation so calmly and how Mattison already knew so much about him. He seemed quite impressed even though he was visiting at a time when the majority of Florida's coaches are taking much needed vacation days.


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