Lewis Was Hoping for More

The Notre Dame staff is continuing to hit the recruiting trail in Ohio. One of their recruiting targets is LaTroy Lewis from Archbishop Hoban High School (Akron, Ohio).

LaTroy Lewis (6-foot-3, 232-pounds) made the trip over to South Bend this past weekend in hopes that he'd secure a scholarship offer from the Notre Dame staff. Although he learned a lot about the school, he left without hearing what he had wanted to hear.

"I was a little disappointed that I didn't get the offer," Lewis explained. "I'm not really sure what's going to go on with it now, but a month ago I talked to coach Warinner and he said that I was on the list to be offered, so I'm a little disappointed not getting that offer.

"I haven't talked to them about the next step, I'm just kind of holding on, but I plan on talking to them pretty soon. It's one of those things where you have to be a little more patient I guess."

Despite growing up in the Buckeye-heavy Northwest Ohio area, Lewis is keeping his options open. One option he'd like to have is Notre Dame.

"I did a little research and really ignited me," he said of his interest in the Irish. "I went to a one-day camp last summer, so I got to see the school, but I don't think I knew enough, which is one of the main reasons I went there for the junior day.

"I learned a lot, and I was impressed by a lot. The education is important of course, but beyond their education, their graduation rate for their football players is phenomenal.

"I'm not going to lie," he said. "Notre Dame is still pretty high on my list. I don't know what's going on now, but they're definitely a team that's high on my list. I just left a little disappointed."

Lewis plays defensive end in a ‘3-5' defensive front at Archbishop Hoban. Although he's comfortable playing with his hand in the dirt, he is intrigued by the chance to play outside linebacker in Notre Dame's scheme.

"They're recruiting me as an outside linebacker, as either a ‘Cat' or a ‘Dog'," Lewis said. "I felt like the ‘Cat' would be best for me since I play with my hand down now, but after talking to coach Diaco, the ‘Dog' linebacker wouldn't be too hard for me to play. I have decent speed, so I should be able to play in the open field."

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