VAUGHT: UK on Dyjuan Lewis' final list

Kentucky was one of the first schools to offer four-star Indianapolis receiver Dyjuan Lewis a scholarship when he was a sophomore. Now the Cats are one of the final eight schools the 6-3, 195-pound receiver has on final list of college choices.

"He had 15 offers, but he basically narrowed that in half today," said Derek Moyers, the coach at Pike High School in Indianapolis. "Kentucky is one of them, and that's no real surprise because of the early offer and the fact that Dakotah (Tyler) and Morgan (Newton) are both there certainly helps."

Tyler, a running back, was Lewis' teammate at Pike. Newton, a quarterback, played at rival Carmel and won Mr. Football honors in Indiana last year.

Lewis, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds, has South Carolina, Oregon, Cincinnati, Purdue, Michigan State, Illinois and Missouri included with Kentucky on his final list.

"He is somewhat intrigued with Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, and I get that," Moyers said. "But he's a big-time receiver for anybody. He's fast and physical. He has tremendous athleticism. He has a 37-inch vertical jump. He has the total package you want in a receiver.

"We will rely on him a lot this year. He will run the ball, return kicks and punts, and we will use him on special teams to block punts because he's so long and athletic. He's also one of our team leaders. That's as important as all the other stuff. He's just a big-time player." Lewis expects to make a few more visits before Pike starts practice Aug. 3. He's also a basketball player — so was Newton — and has been busy with AAU summer basketball.

"He is juggling both sports now, but soon it will be all football," Moyers said. "He's really special and a great kid. I am really excited to see how he does this year. He has started for me the last two years and has won games for us with his play. He started as a sophomore when we went to the state championship game."

He has a teammate, Anthony McClung, that UK has not offered but is also recruiting. He's a 6-0, 165-pound receiver who runs the 40 in 4.39 seconds.

"He's been to Kentucky's camp and they have film on him. They have offered some others ahead of him, and he understands that. He also pays in the shadow of Dyjuan, which hurts him because they are always compared," Moyers said.

"But he is a fast kid with great quickness.

"Not many kids in high school at this level will do the following: Catch a pass, throw a pass, run the ball, return kickoffs, return punts and intercept passes. He will do all that for us. He's a great, great athlete."

Moyers says Lewis and McClung, who could also play defensive back in college, are alike in key ways.

"They are both just tenacious competitors. They both refuse to lose, and I love that," Moyers said.

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