Another visit for Texas LB

With Les Miles and his staff hosting their first summer camp of 2009 this weekend, a number of the Tigers' most coveted junior prospects will be in Baton Rouge. One name high on the wanted list – Shaun Lewis – will make the drive from East Texas. What are the chances he leaves a Tiger?

The new defensive staff has made one thing clear – speed at linebacker will be a necessity.

Fortunately for Shaun Lewis, the junior's 4.55 forty is keeping his name in the conversation.

"Coach Chavis and Coach Cooper told me that I am the kind of linebacker they want at LSU," Lewis said. "I am getting a good feel for how the new staff are rebuilding that defense, and I like what I have seen and heard."

Sitting down for a chat with the staff at the LSU Spring Game – with his parents to each side – the 6-foot, 210-pound outside linebacker was shown a detailed plan of how his future would play out if he were to suit up for the Tigers.

"The staff let me and my parents know that a linebacker like me, with my style and head for the game, is what they need," he said. "I compare myself to Ali Highsmith, because I think I can come in at his size and do a lot of the same things he did, hopefully even more."

With over 40 offers to his credit – highlighted by the likes of LSU, Florida, Oklahoma and Notre Dame – it is no wonder that Lewis, who is projected to qualify with a 3.0 GPA and 1360 three-part SAT, has every college coach in the nation salivating.

In the end, of course, there will only be one.

Which begs the question: what are the Tigers chances of being the one?

"I am pretty high on LSU, and getting over to Baton Rouge on a weekend like this only helps me find out more," Lewis said. "I might not even participate, because I messed my groin up at a combine a couple weeks ago. That is why this is more about just getting to campus to chill with the players and coaches, because that is just as important to me at this point.

"I need to know as much as possible about a school before I can eliminate anyone or even name a real favorite," he added. "I like LSU a lot, but there is more to find out."

Coming into town with close friend and cross-town athlete Tony Hurd, the pair should have plenty to talk about on the road between Houston and the Red Stick.

"Getting over with Tony is great because we are both getting recruited hard by LSU," he said. "It gives us a chance to go through something together and share our experiences."

If Hurd picked up an offer, Lewis said, the level of enjoyment would be taken to the highest notch.

"If we both had LSU as one of our college choices after this weekend, it would definitely be something special for us to think about," he said. "First, though, we are just going to go out there and show why we deserve them."

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