Another New Mexico Standout Eyes Michigan

New Mexico has not been well known as a hotbed for football talent thought that may be changing. Last year Michigan took the top player in the state in defensive lineman Alan Branch. The Wolverines have been in contact with another top defensive line talent this year. Is <b>Aaron Lewis</b> from La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, N.M. looking to join Branch in Ann Arbor?

"Right now I have an offer from UNM (New Mexico)," Aaron Lewis said. "But I've been receiving letters from Michigan, Florida State, Arizona, Illinois and Alabama on a weekly basis."

Things are just getting started for the Albuquerque La Cueva star and he is in no hurry to make a decision. He says he hasn't made any unofficial visits and lists as his top five favorites as Florida State, Virginia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina, and New Mexico. "Since they're the only that's offered I need to list UNM," he said. Lewis has been around the country and has no problem leaving New Mexico for school. "My dad is in the Air Force so I've never lived in any one place more than four years, so leaving isn't a problem." The big man said he will take all of his official visits after the season to avoid any distractions.

Lewis has been on the defensive side of the ball since he's been playing football. "I started playing football in Illinois as a defensive end," Lewis said. "My seventh-grade year I moved to linebacker and in 10th grade I moved back to defensive end, where I've been ever since. I played offensive tackle last year because the team needed me there, but I'd much rather play defense. That's where I'll play in college, I love defense."

Lewis said didn't attend any camps last summer though he did participate in a 7-on-7 league at the University of New Mexico. He says he ran a 4.6 40 at his high school and lists his numbers at 6-4, 260 pounds. This spring he is lifting every day and is on the track and field team. "I am in shot put and discus on varsity, and I'm trying out for the javelin," he said. "This week I'm also going to try out for the 4X100 team."

Michigan took the top player in New Mexico this past recruiting season in defensive lineman Alan Branch, from Cibola High in Albuquerque. Lewis is familiar with Branch though their two teams didn't play in 2003. "We played them my sophomore year in a scrimmage," Lewis said. "And I've had a chance to hang out and talk with him a little bit, but not recently."

Lewis has family in North Carolina and will be spending time there this summer. "That's where all my major family is," he said. "I'll be going to the Florida State camp this summer and then spending a month with my family. My grandparents would like me to go to school in the area." Lewis said the Florida State camp will be the only camp he attends this summer. "After spending a month with my family in North Carolina I'll be coming back and concentrating on getting back in shape, so I won't have time for any other camps," he said.

Lewis said he earned first-team All-State honors in 2003 on both defense and offense. He lists his junior-year stats as 89 tackles, 25 and a half sacks (a New Mexico state record), one blocked punt, five blocked passes and one blocked field goal.

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