Taylor Lewan's Dad Talks About Gopher Visit

Taylor Lewan, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive lineman from Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral, made his official visit to Minnesota Saturday. Lewan attended the Minnesota summer football camp and the team's Junior Day in January. Lewan has led Chaparral to the state semifinals and will face Canyon Del Oro Saturday. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Lewan's father Dave to learn their reactions to the visit.

Taylor Lewan played defensive tackle as a sophomore and junior, but was moved to offensive tackle this season. His team entered the state semifinals at 11-1 after defeating Ceinega 35-21 Friday night.

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.

Dave said that he and his son enjoyed the trip to Minnesota. Dave participated in some of the alumni events that took place this past weekend.

"We had a great time. Taylor had a great time. He enjoyed it. Unfortunately, the game did not turn out the way everyone hoped, but he really enjoyed it. Loved the stadium. He really likes the coaching staff, especially Brewster. It went really, really well."

Dave said that the offensive line coaching change will not have a significant role in Taylor's decision.

"I think that Taylor really liked Phil Meyer. We had actually first engaged with John Butler and got to know him quite a bit. Taylor really liked him. Got to know Phil Meyer a bit," Dave said. "I think that both Taylor and I had a chance to meet Coach Meyer's wife and daughters and we, of course, wish them the best in what they are doing. We, of course, like anyone interested in Gopher football are interested in who the next offensive coach is going to be."

Dave said that Taylor plans to make other visits, depending on his playoff schedule. If Chaparral wins this weekend, they will play the following weekend at Sun Devil Stadium.

"That is still the plan as we told Coach Brew when we were leaving. Taylor really likes Minnesota," Dave said. "He wants to take his trips as planned to both Michigan and Oregon. We will see if there is going to be additional trips that he takes and what changes over the next month or so. That has been the plan for the last month or so. We really thought that Minnesota would be the last trip, but because of Taylor's playoff football schedule, it turned out that they were the first trip."

Dave said that he was uncertain whether Taylor would make his commitment public during his appearance in a January All-Star Game.

"We are at the point since it is almost December, that is a good point," Dave said. "With a couple more visits, at least, to take, I think what he will do is to take those visits. We are getting close to the game time at the ESPN Under Armour Game that he is playing in Orlando on January 4th. We definitely want to decide by then and wherever he decides to go I think that he will obviously let the coaches know first and we'll decide what is best for that particular program to do it through the channels of ESPN for the game or if it makes sense to do it somewhere quietly. We are just going to see what is best for all at that point."

Lewan, who transferred from Catcus Shadows, shined at the Scout.com/Under Armor Combine in Phoenix this summer. He ran a 4.72 40-yard dash, had 7.60 in the three-cone drill and went 8-foot-11 in the 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. Lewan bench presses 315 pounds and squats 455 pounds.

Lewan is expected to visit Michigan and Oregon, depending on his playoff schedule, according to Dave. Ohio State and Alabama are looking at another offensive lineman prospect, but could look towards Lewan if they fail to land another player. Georgia is another school that it has shown interest.

"They had a coach at his game when they traveled out to Arizona State in the beginning on the year," Dave said.

Dave told GoldenSports.Net this summer that the Gophers had 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.

Ironically, Taylor would get a chance to play in the new TCF Stadium if he decides to become a Gopher.

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