Lewis Closing in on Decision

If Kentucky is able to secure a commitment from Indianapolis four-star safety Isaiah Lewis, one key reason could be the other Indianapolis connections already at UK.

If Kentucky is able to secure a commitment from Indianapolis four-star safety Isaiah Lewis, one key reason could be the other Indianapolis connections already at UK.

Freshman quarterback Morgan Newton, Indiana's Mr. Football last year, showed Lewis around campus Tuesday when he made a second visit with his father. Freshman running back Dakotah Tyler is also from Indianapolis and junior college transfer Mark Crawford, a defensive tackle, is from the same Indianapolis high school.

"That is one of the plusses to it for Kentucky. I do not know Mark as well as Isaiah does. He (Isaiah) talks to all three and they have nothing but positive things to say about Kentucky," Lorenzo Lewis, Isaiah's father said. "Morgan is going to be a great athlete. He really has his head screwed on tight. He is a sharp kid. He actually mentored Isaiah as he was showing him around like a quarterback running the show. I was really impressed with a lot of questions I had and Isaiah asked him. It was a great time and it probably does help go somewhere and know someone already that is there."

Newton became the bell cow for UK's 2009 recruiting class. Some believe Isaiah Lewis could do the same for Kentucky's 2010 class if he would commit to Kentucky.

"I really believe he is that kind of player. He has that personality. I see that and I have already told him that," Lorenzo Lewis said. "He has that charisma about him that other players are drawn to him because of the kind of person he is. Obviously his athletic ability speaks for itself.

"We think that could happen (with UK's recruiting if he does commit). Players are looking for good people. There are a lot of good athletes, but getting that combination of good and good is what takes you to next level. Other good people want to be around good people. They want a home with good athletes that are also good people. They are looking for that common denominator.

"Isaiah would be like that and other good players would want to be around Isaiah. He is going to be there four or five years and not every week will be the best week win or lose. You want to be around good, motivated people when that happens. He is that kind of kid." Lorenzo Lewis says Morgan Newton and his son are a lot alike.

"Him and Morgan on the same page on everything from social life to academics to balance in your life with athletics. They understand that social life and academics, but they know they are there to play football and win.

"As serious as they are about academics and just staying out of trouble and doing the right things, they want to win. They have that winning mentality. They can flip the switch in a minute. They have that mentality to be winners and they will tell you that. That's what you want in your leaders."


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