Recruiting: Leonard Hewitt & Lufkin Are Busy

Hurricane Rita blew through Lufkin, Texas, coming off the Gulf Coast and did a number on Lufkin High School defensive back Leonard Hewitt. A cool customer that can deal some blows and then wisk away with interceptions, Hewitt found that Mother Nature can be a force too. The damage around Lufkin was minimal, but Rita claimed Hewitt's wheels.

"It hit, but it didn't hit," said Hewitt of the hurricane. "It mainly got trees and knocked out electricity. At our house we had a tree fall on a power pole and it smashed my car."

The car wasn't insured, but Hewitt said he will manage. He will also have to manage a busy October with his Panther teammates. Hurricane Rita also forced postponement of some games.

"We've got six games this month (October)," Hewitt said. "We play on Fridays and on a Monday and a Wednesday."

Lufkin is currently 4-0 and is a good bet to advance far into the Texas Class 5A playoffs. The busy October, which begins on Friday with a home game against Conroe Oak Ridge, will also curtail any recruiting trips for Hewitt, who along with talented wide receiver teammate E.J. Shankle made a visit to Oklahoma State the weekend of the Arkansas State game.

"It went good," said the speedy 5-10, 170-pound cornerback prospect. "E.J. and I had a good time, and the food was really good."

Hewitt said Oklahoma State is the only visit that he and Shankle have visited thus far. For Hewitt he has Michigan, Miami, LSU, OKlahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Texas all among the schools that he is considering.

"I'm looking for a good environment," said the personable Hewitt, who added that he doesn't mind all the phone calls that come with recruiting. "You are going to be there for four years, so it has to be a good environment."

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