Hoosiers Facing Uphill Battle for Lewis

Bloomington – Indiana wants Ben Davis H.S. safety Isaiah Lewis, but it appears to be getting the sense it won't be getting him.

Bloomington – Indiana wants Ben Davis H.S. safety Isaiah Lewis, but it appears to be getting the sense it won't be getting him.

The 5'11", 186-pound safety said that after getting a lot of interest from the Hoosiers early on, things have slowed down a bit as of late. He said he's still getting mail from the IU staff and he's still being told that Indiana would love to have him, but he also thinks Bill Lynch's staff might be moving on and looking in other directions.

"At the beginning they were talking to me a lot, but they aren't talking to me as much," Lewis said.

It's not that Indiana wouldn't like to have Scout.com's 24th-ranked safety nationally, someone who totaled 136 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 7 ½ sacks and three interceptions last season. But they've gotten the sense from Lewis that he's more interested in some of his other possibilities.

"I'm thinking I'll probably go to one of the bigger schools, but I'm not counting (Indiana) out yet," Lewis said.

Lewis clearly has a plethora of college options. He recently added scholarship offers from Oregon and Illinois, bringing his offer total to nine. Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota and Central Michigan have also offered, while Ohio State has been keeping a close eye on him as well and could eventually offer.

What all of those programs see is a defensive back who has 4.69 speed in the 40 and a knack for making the big hit and the big play.

"The coaches tell me that when they see me on film I'm one of the best safeties they've seen," said Lewis, who also averaged 24.1 yards on kickoff returns and 14.0 yards on punt returns as a junior. "They like how I go around the field and my hitting ability. They also say that I have great energy when I play, and that's what has attracted them."

The Indianapolis product has also heard some comparisons to Indianapolis Colt safety Bob Sanders, the big hitter who starred at Iowa before moving on to the NFL. That's high praise, according to Lewis.

"He's someone I look up to a lot," Lewis said. "I watch most of their games and see how he goes full speed all the time until the game is over. He never quits."

Lewis, meanwhile, isn't close to quitting the recruiting process. While he already has nine options to consider, he plans to take as much time as is necessary to look at all of those schools and see who else might ultimately prove to be interested.

"I'm going to wait for awhile to see how things unfold," Lewis said. "I want to look all of my options. I'm looking for a winning program, and I want a good academic program in engineering. I also want to go somewhere that has a good learning environment because getting my degree is important to me."

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