Taking it all in

There weren't many juniors in the state of Texas as impressive as Shaun Lewis, a linebacker from Sugar Land (Texas) Hightower. If anyone caught the state finals on television last year you got an understanding as to why. Lewis is a natural at linebacker. He is instinctive, physical, fast and overall has great athleticism. He is sitting on 40 offers and isn't thinking about recruiting, yet.

Shaun Lewis, a 6-foot-1 and 210-pound linebacker from Sugar Land (Texas) Hightower is an excellent football player. Lewis is taking the spring evaluation period in and not letting it get to him.

"It's going good," Lewis said. "I am just getting through it. I am just taking my time. I try not to think too much about it and not get stressed out."

Last year, Hightower lost in the finals for the state title. This year, they re-load with younger players. Players that need to take advantage of the opportunity.

"It's good. We have a lot of young players that need to step up. The spring is the time for them to step up and emerge as good football players."

Lewis is a physical linebacker that can also run (4.6/40). Sideline to sideline and between the tackles, Lewis can make plays all over the field. He admits everything can be better though.

"I think that I can touch up on all aspects of my game; from being a better pass rusher to being just a more efficient linebacker overall. I can be a better linebacker overall.

"I can be a better open field player and a tackler. I wanted to get faster. I wanted to get faster. These days, speed kills. Linebackers are asked to run with wide receivers."

While Lewis is holding onto a slug of offers he hasn't narrowed anything down. In fact, he hasn't even taken the opportunity to think about any of the teams individually.

"I think that it's close to 40. I haven't really had a chance to think about each offer individually. It's a long process and I am not one of those players that grew up following one team.

"Right now I am trying to build relationships with all of the schools that I can, but there isn't one or two schools that are standing out to me in front of the others."

Lewis has taken a few trips so far and would like to plan some others. For now, he doesn't know who those other schools are that will get a visit or when it will happen.

"I went to Texas A&M, Oklahoma and LSU. They all have great campuses. I loved a lot of things that they had to offer there. I don't know about anything coming up. I have to talk to my parents."

The Huskers were the first team to offer Lewis and there is always something special about your first offer. Nebraska is putting a pitch out there to produce NFL players and it's catching Lewis' ear.

"Nebraska was the first school to offer me and they were by to see me. Coach Mike Ekeler seems like a great coach and person and he talks good about the head coach at Nebraska.

"He told me that they have one of the best defensive coaches as head coach. They had a running back move to linebacker last year, barely played and was drafted in the fifth round.

"That obviously says a lot about Nebraska. That says a lot about them as a staff and what they are doing there at Nebraska."

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