Notre Dame has filled a number of its needs with the 2006 recruiting class, but to date they have not received a commitment from a defensive tackle prospect. Butch Lewis is one of their top targets, but the Irish are in a dogfight with several top programs for his signature.
"Notre Dame, Georgia and LSU," Lewis replied when asked which schools he has taken official visits to. "I still have USC (12/2) and then Miami (12/9)."
"Coach Weis and coach Oliver are actually coming in tomorrow," Lewis said of Notre Dame's pending in-home visit.
Butch recently returned from an official visit to Baton Rogue where he saw the Tigers play Arkansas.
"It was really nice," he said of his trip to LSU. "They said everyone wasn't there because they were home for Thanksgiving, but there were still 94,000 people at the game."
Next up for Lewis will be a trip to Los Angles to see the top-ranked USC Trojans take on the UCLA Bruins. Lewis is excited about the trip and is looking forward to an entertaining game.
"I'm really just going to go in there with an open mind….trying to take it all in." Lewis responded when asked if there was anything in particular that he was trying to discover about USC. "I think it will be a good game."
At this stage of the recruiting process one or two schools start to separate themselves from the pack.
"Not really," Lewis answered when asked if there was a school that had started to emerge as his leader. "I can see myself playing at all the places that I've been to so far, so it's kind of hard to decipher some times."
Although Lewis doesn't have a leader at this time, he does feel that once he completes his visits that he should have enough information to make a decision.
"I would like to know before January 1, but that's kind of wishful thinking," he said.
Lewis just found out that he was named to the U.S. Army All-Star team, so if he is ready to make a decision in January he'll be able to announce that decision on a national stage.
"I just found out that I am," he replied when asked if he was going to the U.S. Army All-Star game. "They called my mom when I was on my visit to LSU. It was a goal since my sophomore year, but now that it's here it's like, whoa!"