Offensive Tackle 6-6/270/4.72
Chaparral HS (Scottsdale, Arizona)
NR: **** Position Rank: 20
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His Recruiting Story
Taylor Lewan was arguably the fastest rising prospect in America last year. A transfer to Chaparral High School triggered the fast rise in his recruitment, and he gives most of that credit to fellow Wolverine, Craig Roh.
"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."
At the point heading into his official Michigan visit, Lewan had already visited his father's alma mater, Minnesota. He left the Gophers without offering a verbal committment, and continued his run all the way to the Arizona state championship game. Shortly after his season came to a conclusion, the oft-postponed Michigan visit finally came to fruition, and it resulted in Taylor's verbal to the Wolverines.
"My dad was blown away. He and I didn't really see each other that much that day, Saturday. He was with other coaches while I was out and about. But by the end of the night, I pulled him aside at Coach Rodriguez's house and told him that I wanted to commit, that I wanted to do this -- and he was all for it. So I committed. At first he was pulling for Minnesota a bit, but he told me this was my decision and I have to own it. It's the next four years of my life, not the next four years of his. He's a Wolverine now -- he's all about it!"
Lewan was a massive commitment in both senses of the word for the Wolverines. At 6'6" and 270 pounds, Lewans frame allows him to add more muscle and weight. A prototypical left tackle, his size and looks resemble an uncanny comparison to former Wolverine Jake Long.
Lewan participated in the UnderArmour game in January with fellow signee's Craig Roh and Isaiah Bell, and was consistently amongst the names mentioned in "Stock on the rise" lists.
He solidifies the offensive line depth, and has the opportunity to red-shirt and build himself up to prepare for the rigors of a Big Ten schedule.
Signing Day Capsule: Taylor Lewan
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