Instant Analysis: Corey Lewis

The Illinois coaching staff completed a very nice offensive line haul on national signing day when East Stroudsburg, Pa., native Corey Lewis signed on the dotted line and officially became a member of the Illini family. Looking a bit deeper into what he means to this class should give the Illinois faithful something to smile about.

Head Coach Ron Zook and the rest of the Illinois staff pulled off another great recruiting class this year and one area that was address really well was the offensive line. Having personally handled five of the players that will work together as a unit in Graham Pocic, Hubie Graham, Tyler Sands, Ryan Sedlacek and Corey Lewis I wanted to dive into where each may fit.

First of all, back to Corey Lewis. Lewis is was a very raw athlete as a junior and really relied on his huge frame and athleticism a lot. He uses his hands well both in pass protection and in the running game and can be a mauler while drive blocking when he wants to. He is an extremely hard worker according to his head coach Ed Christian and improved drastically as a senior, adding better technique and more strength to his game. He still has a lot to learn and could play with more aggression, but he has the feet to play left tackle.

Lewis gives Illinois a left tackle to line up right across from Lemont Township High School product Graham Pocic at right tackle. Boyertown, Pa., native Tyler Sands could certainly play guard next to Pocic which he has said he hopes to do, but also has the flexibility to kick inside to center eventually. Ryan Sedlacek will most likely play the guard position and to top things off you have, in my opinion, one of the best blockers in the nation in Hubie Graham at tight end. Left tackles aren't easy to come by and Lewis really rounded this class out very well for Illinois in the final minutes.

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