Ryan Lewis visits Bama and Ole Miss

Unofficial visits early in the recruiting process are becoming more and more common and one of Louisiana's top signal callers took a pair of them last weekend in Catholic-Baton Rouge product Ryan Lewis.

Lewis, a 6-2, 200 pound southpaw with 4.6 speed, will be a three-year starter when he takes the field for the Bears in late August.


He is 25-2 as a starter and has thrown for 2,920 yards with 36 touchdowns and 12 interceptions over that span in an offense that focuses on rushing the football.


Catholic head coach Dale Weiner has produced his fair share of college quarterbacks over the years with Major Applewhite being the one people remember the most.


Applewhite posted some impressive numbers during his time playing for Mack Brown at Texas and Weiner feels that Lewis has the potential to do the same at the next level.


"We've had 12 of our quarterbacks play college ball," Weiner wrote on a short profile of Lewis. "Ryan is simply the best quarterback we've had since I have been at Catholic High."


Lewis has not received any scholarship offers yet but he is hearing from a long list of schools.


"Well, I'd say Alabama, Ole Miss, Michigan, Louisville, Florida State, Tennessee, Northwestern in Chicago, and U-Conn is recruiting me the most but there are like close to 50 schools I get a lot of stuff from."


Last Friday, Lewis and his father drove to Tuscaloosa to watch Alabama scrimmage and then they woke up early Saturday morning to head to Oxford for Ole Miss' spring game.


How was his time at Alabama?


"It was unbelievable," Lewis said. "I liked the atmosphere and the coaches were real intense. Coach Saban was real intense and seems like a great guy. They (staff) seem like they really want to win bad."


Lewis got a good chance to meet all of the coaches while in Tuscaloosa but there was one in particular that made him feel at home.


"I talked to (offensive coordinator) Major (Applewhite) a lot," said Lewis. "We watched film with him and the quarterbacks before practice and talked to him a lot later."


Once business was taken care of in Tuscaloosa, Lewis and company hit the road to check out the Rebels.


How did that go?


"We didn't spend as much time there but we got to sit down and talk to coach (Ed) Orgeron before the spring game and he was real nice," Lewis explained. "We didn't get to see as much or talk to my area coach that is recruiting me (Frank Wilson) because we had to leave and get back for Easter."


Before Lewis left for his two-day trip he had yet to pick up his first offer and even though one was not extended on his trip he did get an idea of where he stood with some of the coaches.


"Coach Saban said that he would like to see me in person to make some throws and then he would decide," said Lewis. "I didn't really get to talk to Ole Miss about one due to the time we spent there but I did text message back and forth with coach Wilson."


Most kids that grow up in Baton Rouge are tough to swipe up from the hometown team but in this case it looks like the out-of-state schools may have an advantage.


"I've never been a die-hard fan but I've always enjoyed following LSU," Lewis said. "I like LSU but I really want to try something new and go out-of-state."


Trying something new is exactly what he will do this summer as Lewis plans on taking in several camps before his senior year gets underway.


"So far, we're planning on going Alabama, Florida State and Northwestern (Big 10) for a one-day camp," he said. "We may go to some more but we are definitely going to those three."


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