Irish Get In On Top Linebacker Recruit

The Manti Te'o effect is definitely sending positive ripples through the recruiting class-of-2010.

Five-star defensive end Chris Martin gave his verbal commitment to Notre Dame on the same day that Te'o signed with the Irish.

Other outstanding players across the country, that aren't so familiar with the Notre Dame program, also noticed Te'o's college announcement.

Shaun Lewis was one of them, and the top-100 player from Sugar Land, Texas, says that makes the Notre Dame program more attractive to him as well.

"Definitely," Lewis stated. "There is no greater compliment to a speedy outside linebacker like me, then to have a plug like him in the gaps. I think I'd be a great compliment to how he plays."

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Lewis would be a great compliment to anybody's game. In helping lead Hightower High to a class 5-A state championship last fall, Lewis racked up 134 tackles, with 21 of those coming for loss, including nine sacks.

Lewis is up to around 25 scholarship offers, including one he picked up from Notre Dame in late February.

"I don't know too much about Notre Dame. I remember watching the Hawaii Bowl when they played Hawaii, and they pretty much killed them, and that's all I pretty much know about Notre Dame. And I've followed Jimmy Clausen."

Irish head coach Charlie Weis presented the offer to Lewis over the phone.

"Basically, he told me about the school, and the engineering program they have, and how they plan on playing me, and how exciting he was to have my attention," Lewis recapped. "Most of the conversation revolved around how they want to play me.

"He talked to me about how he is going to use me, and that they were going blitz me and have me come off the edge and use my instincts."

With scholarship offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas A&M, UCLA, Florida and Nebraska, Lewis claims no favorites.

"I'm just looking for schools to sell their school to me," Lewis said. "Me and my family are trying to decide where I'm going to visit this summer."

Notre Dame is a possibility. Lewis has only had a chance to visit Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma thus far. He also has no timetable set on a decision, other than the fact that he knows it's going to come before signing day.

"First of all, as far as the education, I want to be able to graduate and I want my degree to mean something, whether it's engineering or something else," Lewis explained. "Other than that, with the football, how am I going to be used on the field, how early am I going to play, and where we're going in the long run? And then the school, am I comfortable and is it a family environment?

"Anywhere I fit best. No particular place or restrictions." Top Stories