Taylor Lewan has been a busy man. After a heart breaking loss in the Arizona state championship game, he's turning right around and heading out to Ann Arbor for an official visit with the Wolverines.
"I'm leaving Friday morning and getting there around four
o'clock and check out things" Lewan told GoBlueWolverine. "I just really want
to see the campus. I've only seen three
campuses, ASU, USC, and Minnesota. I want a chance to see other places in the United States. I know Michigan
isn't far from Minnesota,
but they're a great school and I want to see what they're all about."
He'll get that chance and more this weekend. Quite a bit of his trip seems mapped out
already, or as he was told by his recruiting coach, Tony Dews, who spent time
with the youngster for a few days before his official visit.
"I met with him today and I met with him Tuesday, and we're
all set up to go out. He's leaving the
first flight out and I'm leaving the second flight out. We're going to see the campus, see the
stadium… get a feel for what they're doing.
My dad is coming, but I'm leaving first, and then he's coming a little
The presence of Lewan's dad will be very important in the
recruitment of the younger Lewan. An
alumnus of Minnesota, where he played
football, and a supporter of the Big Ten, his father plays a crucial role in Taylor's recruitment, though he's adamant about Taylor making the
decision for himself.
"My dad is a really good guy, you know? He's really just helping me out, seeing what
the best thing is for me. He knows I'll
make my decision when the time comes and that it's for me. I have to own it. He's just there to make sure things don't get
too out of hand, getting calls from coaches and reporters. He's not going to be biased, because in the end
it's my decision."
Lewan's father will be the only person close to Lewan
accompanying him on the trip. There had
been much talk of friend, teammate, and Michigan
commit Craig Roh joining him, but it did not play out that way. Still, Lewan is close with Roh both on and off
the field and that could help play a potential role in choosing where to play
at the next level.
"I transferred from Cactus Shadows earlier this year, right
before spring ball, and I got a chance because of Craig and his status. All the schools coming by to look at him got
a chance to look at me. Craig has done
the most for me out of anybody, and not because he got me a scholarship to
college, but because he made me a better football player. He made me who I am right now. Going against the sixth best defensive end in
the country – you don't get that blessing every day. I tell him everyday I appreciate him
everyday, because if it wasn't for him I wouldn't be playing in the (Under
Armour) All American game this January, I probably wouldn't be visiting Michigan, I'd probably
be signing with a D-2 school. He made me
the offensive tackle I am today, and showed me what it takes to get a D-1
school. He's a great guy."
The effort's made both on and off the field by Craig Roh and
his family have certainly had a resounding impact on Lewan. It's something that he can see and fully
appreciate heading into the final stretch of recruiting, though it won't be the
"Off the field, we have a really good friendship. I come over once in a while, hang out with
his dad Fred. I'm actually watching his
brother's basketball game right now. His
brother is a freshman or a sophomore.
We're good friends, we talk a lot.
We don't hang out that much on the weekends, but we are friends. The experience for me going to school with
Craig would be awesome. Once again, we'd
be going against each other and I'd have a friend as soon as I got on
campus. I'd have a friend there… I
wouldn't be going in not knowing anybody.
He's part of my decision, anywhere I go now, whether it be Oregon, UCLA,
Miami, or Nebraska, I'd be going against some of the best players in the
country so I'll have an opportunity wherever I go."
If things go well enough on the Michigan visit, many wonder whether Lewan
will pull the trigger for the Wolverines or continue to wait to take other
"No, I probably won't commit (on the visit), but I don't
have any other visits set up."
Lewan Excited For Michigan Visit
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