Lewis Recruitment Taking Shape

To add some order to his recruitment, Tyquan Lewis has assembled a top five schools list. While the list isn't etched in stone, it provides the 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end from Tarboro (N.C.) a starting point as he nears a decision.

"I somewhat have narrowed it down," Lewis said. "I don't know what to call it, because it's subject to change."

At least for now, Lewis's list consists of LSU, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio State, and Vanderbilt.

"They've shown the most love and they are recruiting me the hardest," Lewis said.

Of his top five, Lewis has only visited UNC and Ohio State. He plans to visit LSU soon.

Lewis isn't exactly sure what the next step of his recruitment will be. Ideally, he said he would like to make a verbal commitment in July or August. But, he won't rush the decision if he isn't ready. If necessary, he'll take a few official visits before deciding.

Among other things, Lewis is looking for a football program that has the potential to win championships.

"I want to win, get the best education, and play against the top teams in the country," Lewis said. "I want to compete everywhere. I want to feel at home and feel comfortable."

Lewis's last recruiting visit occurred nearly two weeks ago. He attended "Fedora's Freak Show" at UNC.

"I talked to Coach [Randy] Jordan and he was just like ‘Just come out and compete and show off,'" Lewis said.

Less than 24 hours before the event, Lewis was unsure if he was going to accept the invitation. Furthermore, during registration for the event, Lewis was worn out by that morning's workout with his high school team. All that changed once he ran through the tunnel and onto the field of Kenan Stadium where music was blaring and a video montage was playing on the jumbotrons.

"It was fun," Lewis said. "It was cool. [The way I acted] was just me overall – when I go places I'm laidback but when it comes to playing football, I just turn it all on. [The atmosphere] was pretty cool."

During position drills, Lewis was exclusively with the defensive line group, under Coach Deke Adams.

"He's a nice dude," Lewis said. "He gets after it."

However during one-on-one drills, Lewis split his time between D-line and linebacker.

"It was my idea [to compete with the linebackers during one-on-ones]," Lewis said. "That's what I'll be doing most likely [on the college level], so I figured I'd get some work in."

Lewis stands up a lot for in Tarboro's defense, but only really drops into coverage against spread teams. Although he's primarily being recruited as a defensive end, schools like UNC have mentioned possibly standing him up.

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