Lewis Sets Irish Visit

Defensive tackle prospect Butch Lewis is a big guy that can dominate the middle of the line. The Colorado prospect has most of the top schools from across the country trying to get his signature, and Irish Eyes caught up with the talent high school senior to discuss his interest in Notre Dame.

Regis Jesuit high school (Aurora, Col.) standout Butch Lewis could play either side of the ball in college, but most schools are recruiting Lewis as a defensive tackle. The Irish are in dire need of players that can step onto the field their first year, will they have a chance at signing him come February.

"Oh yeah," replied Lewis when asked if he was still considering Notre Dame." I got a call from coach Weis, he actually just left a message saying he was checking in with me and that he'd call me back."

Prior to September 1, college coaches had not been able to call recruits, but the good news for Irish fans is that Lewis has been keeping in touch with Notre Dame.

"I talked to coach Oliver last week," Lewis said. "He can't really call me, but I've tried to keep in contact with him as much as I could."

This is the time prospects begin to schedule official visits, so I asked Lewis if he knew which schools he would visit.

"I'm actually coming down for the USC game," he said of his choice to visit Notre Dame officially. "Then I'm going to go out to USC for the UCLA game, and that's all I have now.

Besides Notre Dame and USC, Lewis is considering, Tennessee, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Georgia, Michigan, Texas and Cal.

Comments: Obviously Notre Dame is in a dogfight with some very good schools. As I've mentioned before, in previous years top prospects like Lewis probably would have been eliminated the Irish by now. The fact that he has stayed in touch with Oliver and that he has scheduled an official visit to Notre Dame is a very good sign.


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