Taylor Lewan has had quite a busy senior campaign. With only one defeat on the season, his Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral club has advanced all of the way to this weekend's state finals. That deep run into the playoffs has prevented him from officially visiting many of his college suitors, but you won't find him complaining about it.
"It's a great feeling," he said. "I actually went to the state championship my sophomore year. This one is just as important if not more important to me because it's my senior year and I want to go out on top."
Lewan indicated that Wolverine fans shouldn't be alarmed by his twice postponed visit to Michigan. He has stated several times his strong desire to visit Ann Arbor, and the delays have done nothing to weaken it.
"Yeah, absolutely… I'm still definitely going to come on a visit to Michigan," Lewan stated emphatically. "I'm not sure when because this is the second time we've had to postpone the visit to Michigan due to hectic schedules, but we'll still take care of everything to get to Michigan."
When Lewan finally does make it to campus, the Wolverines will have a lot to live up to based on his experience on his lone official thus far to Minnesota. The trip to his father's alma mater featured the 55-0 Golden Gophers loss to rival Iowa, but he still came away extremely impressed.
"It was my first official visit and it was awesome just to see a football game and be able to spend the night," said Lewan. "I really enjoyed it, nothing really bad I can say. It's hard to explain. It's just one of those things. I had a good time, they treated me like family and everyone got along."
Though he had an enjoyable visit to the Twin Cities, Lewan made it clear that Minnesota did not secure the top spot in the race for his signature.
"I'm still very wide open," he insisted. "If they solidified the top spot I would have committed. Everyone is still in the race. I'm going to take my visits and in the end who's ever best for me is where I'll go."
The question now is when will he take his remaining trips and to which schools.
"I'll be going to Michigan and Oregon, " he said. "The other two are open, so I'm not sure where (else) I'll be going. Those last two visits will be tough because I've talked to some other colleges and I don't know if I'll be taking official visits there. I'll have to see what happens the next couple of weeks. I'm talking to a couple schools like Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, and schools like that."
There are two visit weekends left in December, so it's possible the Ducks and Wolverines could both host Lewan before the New Year. That may prove important if he reaches a decision by the January 4th Under Armour All-American game like his dad recently suggested he might. Michigan has reportedly been pushing for the December 13th date and something could well be worked out in the coming days.
"We haven't set up a new date (with Michigan) yet, but my dad talked to Coach Dews (Saturday)," he said. "I'll make sure I'm calling them so they know I'm not coming this weekend."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Lewan in the days to come.