RECRUITING: OU in Colorado lineman's top three

Denver, Colo. OL Butch Lewis talks about his game, favorites and interest in Oklahoma.


Offensive linemen are coming bigger and bigger out of high school, and Butch Lewis certainly has the size to catch your attention. Lewis goes into this season as a three-year starter starting as a sophomore at defensive tackle and defensive end before moving to left tackle last season.

"This year I am going to play left tackle again, but I hope to also play on defense because actually defensive line is my favorite position," said Lewis. "I like defense better because I have the ability on defense to hit people more. I am actually being recruited on both sides of the ball and I will play wherever the college coaches need me."

Lewis can bench 315 pounds, squats 550 and he starts in hoops at center. This past summer Lewis attended the Colorado combine and tore his hamstring early in the combine limiting his workout. Lewis attended the Nebraska and Colorado spring games this year and he hopes to take unofficial visits to Nebraska and Georgia. He also wants to camp at Nebraska, Colorado and possibly Miami.

Lewis has been offered by 10 schools at this time and he if focusing on those ten early in the recruiting process.

"I am keeping it wide open," said Lewis. "I haven't really narrowed down my choices yet, but I guess I am a more interested in a couple of schools right now. But it is not enough to have anything set in stone. I have been offered by Nebraska, Colorado, Notre Dame, Georgia, UCLA, Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa State and Oklahoma."

What are his thoughts on OU?

"OU is actually in my top three with Miami and Georgia. From what I watched I love how OU plays tough-nosed football. I don't know many details about their their offensive line or anything, but they are beginning to send me information and I will get informed very soon."

Lewis is taking his test in June.

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