Top 2016 target enjoys Irish visit

A priority for Notre Dame's staff in the 2016 recruiting class, power forward Chris Lewis of Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton recaps his first visit to Notre Dame over the weekend.

Notre Dame hosted its No. 1 basketball target in the 2016 class on a visit over the weekend. Three-star power forward Chris Lewis of Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton made his first trip to South Bend, and he liked what he saw.

"It's a prestigious place," Lews said. "I really liked the balance between basketball and academics. That's something that's very important to me."

"Location sets them (Notre Dame) apart," Lewis said. "That would be something really different. It's kind of far, but that doesn't bother me at all. And, the academics, obviously, too. I want to be a mechanical engineer, so getting a good education is important to me. I was able to speak with advisors inside that program and learn more about it."

Lewis, the son of former New York Jets linebacker and pro-bowler Mo Lewis, picked up his first offers from Memphis and New Mexico in the 8th grade. His play on the defensive side of the ball earned him such attention at a young age, and its carried him through his first two years of high school. Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey believes Lewis could be a key contributor in that department for the Irish.

"Coach Brey sees me as a taller skilled player that contributes a lot on defense and is a good passer inside," Lewis said. "I think I defend really well and I do a good job of finishing near the basket."

"We communicate a lot," Lewis said of himself and the Irish head coach. "He is a very good teacher. From what I observed at the practice I saw, he makes sure his system gets through to his players and he teaches them in ways that they understand. He really emphasizes the fundamentals, too."

"I thought the game was awesome, too," Lewis said. "Despite the weather, all of the fans were staying there, and I think that speaks a lot to the school."

Lewis Sr. also chimed in with thoughts that his son thoroughly enjoyed himself at Notre Dame.

"He had a great trip," Lewis Sr. said. "I could tell he really liked everything about his experience up there."

Lewis also holds offers from the likes of Auburn, California, Georgia Tech, Miami, Mississippi State, New Mexico, Texas A&M and Tulsa. A final decision does not appear imminent for the 6-foot-8 1/2 240-pound junior.

"I am still looking at all of the schools that offered me so far," Lewis said. "I am going to visit some more places before I think about deciding."

In addition to Notre Dame, Lewis has taken visits to Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Mississippi State and Tulsa. Currently, he has no other visits on the docket.

"I'm not sure where I'll go next," Lewis said. "My dad handles that stuff."

Lewis is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 21 power forward in the class of 2016.

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