Fla. LB Considering UNC Visit

Keith Lewis is considering taking an official trip to North Carolina.

"I would like to go up to North Carolina soon and see what's going on up there," Lewis said. "I've been talking to the coaches about [scheduling an official visit]. I need to get a little more informed about the defensive scheme [and] where I fit."

Lewis, who is looking to take a few official visits during the football season, doesn't have any visits scheduled. Furthermore, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker from Tampa (Fla.) Freedom isn't exactly sure of any destinations.

Lewis said he will have a better idea of his official visits after he narrows his list of schools under consideration.

"I'm not sure when [I'll narrow it down]," Lewis said. "I'll narrow it down in a little bit. It was already supposed to be narrowed down and put out there. But certain things came up with the family and I didn't really have the time to."

Over 30 schools have offered Lewis a scholarship, including Auburn, Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State Mississippi, Nebraska, UNC, Oregon, South Florida, Southern Cal, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

UNC offered Lewis late last spring. The prior summer, he attended the Tar Heels camp.

Since receiving the offer, Lewis has kept in contact with UNC assistant coaches Troy Douglas, his area recruiter, and Art Kaufman, the linebackers coach.

"Basically, for all my recruiting it has slowed down just a tad bit, because I have homework," Lewis said. "It's not just [UNC]. It's a rule my mom has – my phone goes off at a certain time so I can do my work. I might call one college one day or maybe two colleges within a week."

Lewis last spoke to Douglas a week ago.

"[We typically discuss] defensive schemes, the community," Lewis said. "[I'm] asking them about the graduation rate [and] if something happened to me are they still going to be there or are they going to push me to the side. I'm building that relationship with the coach so that I know, if I go up there, I'm taken care of.

"One of my mom's biggest concerns is if I'm going to go to a college and something happens am I going to be taken care of."

Before making a verbal commitment, Lewis "would like to" take all five of his allotted official trips.

"One of my big factors is could I go to that school if I didn't play football," Lewis said. "So academics are important. Football, it's important, but what's after football is even more important. I know there's life after football."

Lewis began his prep career starting at strong safety for Freedom. The following off-season, he outgrew that position and was moved to outside linebacker and has started there ever since. He has also started at running back since his junior season.

Thus far this season, Lewis has only attended a game at USF, which is minutes from his house. This past summer, he camped at Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee, and unofficially visited Auburn.

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