Arizona T Taylor Lewan Attends Minnesota Camp

Taylor Lewan, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive lineman from Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral, attended the Minnesota football camp Saturday. Lewan had previously attended the Gophers' junior day in January and his father played football at Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Lewan and his father to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Taylor Lewan played defensive tackle as a sophomore and junior, but is moving to offensive tackle this season. Despite the position switch, Lewan is attracting plenty of recruiting interest.

Lewan made a brief trip to Minnesota, due to having to fly back home to attend the Arizona State football camp Sunday. He has a scholarship offer from Utah State and is getting interest from Colorado, Utah, Nevada, USC, Alabama and Tennessee. Lewan plans to attend the USC camp at the end of the month and visit Arizona State, Arizona and Colorado.

Lewan, who transferred from Catcus Shadows, shined at the Armor Combine in Phoenix. He ran a 4.72 40-yard dash, had 7.60 three-cone drill and 8-foot-11 broad jump, which were all tops for offensive linemen at the combine. Lewan was measured at 6-foot-6 and 265 and had a 26 1/2-inch no-step vertical at the camp. His weight was down five to 10 pounds as he has been slowed by strep throat the past week, according to his father.

Lewan's father, Dave, attended Minnesota from 1982-87, but saw his football career cut short after undergoing lung surgery after his sophomore year. He spent time growing up in Edina before attending high school in Canada. Dave said that he grew up going to games at Memorial Stadium, only to arrive at Minnesota the first year that they played in the Metrodome.

His father feels that his son is getting accustomed to his new position after going up against teammate Craig Roh in practice. Roh, who is ranked as the No. 6 defensive end in the country by and has 34 offers, including offers from Florida State, West Virginia, LSU, Michigan, USC, Penn State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Colorado, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Miami and Oklahoma.

Dave said that the Gophers have the slight lead for his son.

"His favorite is Minnesota because of me going here. He liked it here when we visited. He liked it in January when it was 15 below," Dave said.

The senior Lewan said that the coaching staff has done a good job of recruiting his son.

"The coaches are friendly and nice. Very personable, which means a lot to the kids. He likes Coach Butler and Cross. Coach Meyer has been talking to him and he is looking forward to getting to know Coach Brewster," Dave said.

Lewan bench presses 315 pounds and squats 455 pounds.

Chaparral lost in the semifinals to crosstown rival Scottsdale Saguaro, but returns quarterback Spencer Stone and Roh and adds offensive line transfers Lewan and a 6-foot-8, 350-pound transfer from Washington.

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