Chenry Lewis Takes Another Visit

Iowa hosted New Jersey prep Chenry Lewis the weekend of December 12th, and this past weekend, Lewis visited Miami. The Insider's Mike Bakas spoke with Lewis and Hawkeyenation.com's Jon Miller provides his assesment of Iowa's recruiting down the home stretch on the defensive line.

Patterson (N.J.) Catholic standout linebacker Chenry Lewis left for his official visit on Friday hoping to have a good time in Miami. He got that and more. "The visit was outstanding," Lewis said. "It was beautiful there. It went really well and Miami's a nice place."

Lewis, 6-3 and 215 pounds, talked about some of the trip's highlights. "We went to the stadium and, with our jerseys on, ran through the tunnel with the smoke coming up," he said. "That was nice. It was different and made you feel like you were getting ready to play. We also had a chance to watch them practice. There's a lot of speed on the field. I couldn't believe how big and fast some of their linebackers were. They have a lot of talented players."

Lewis then met with UM head coach Larry Coker on Sunday to recap the visit and discuss his offer situation. "He was telling me that by reviewing me film, he liked what he saw," he said. "He said they will have a scholarship offer for me if I'm able to qualify academically. I'm real close now (20 points short) so I don't think that will be much of a problem."

In the meantime, Lewis is mulling offers from Rutgers and Iowa -- two of his three finalists. "Rutgers and Iowa are both great schools as well," he said. "It's going to come down to whether I'm able to get that offer from Miami. If I do, it's going to be hard to say no to them."

end of Mike Bakas report

The Hawkeye Nation Slant with Jon Miller

Lewis was good enough in the eyes of the Iowa coaches to get a visit. Several schools are looking at him as a linebacker, but in our opinion, the Hawkeyes consider him to be more of a defensive end.

While its uncertain as to how many more defensive players Iowa will take, the likelihood is that there will not be many more in this class. Fortunately, the Hawkeyes are in a ‘luxury' position at this time as far as bringing in defensive players, given that they have more than 10 defensive commits in this class.

It's no secret that the Hawkeyes covet DE Dwayne Hendricks, one of the top defensive ends in the nation. Hendricks is down to Iowa, Miami, Rutgers, Michigan and perhaps Penn State, having visited Iowa, Michigan and Rutgers. Michigan might not be so high on his list.

He wants to play rush end, and Penn State recruiting him early on saying that they were looking at him as a tackle, and he did not want to do that. But recently, Joe Paterno paid him a visit and told him that there was a mistake, and they would like him at rush end.

Hawkeyenation.com will keep you informed on all facets of Iowa Hawkeye recruiting as we count down the weeks to signing day.


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