Lewis Holds Three

Boutte, La., native Nathan Lewis reports offers from Mississippi, Louisiana Tech and Oklahoma and is being recruited by a number of different programs around the country. His contact with the Sooner coaching staff seems to be more of the email variety lately, however that may have a lot to do with a certain cellular issue.

Nathan Lewis, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman from Hahnville High School in Boutte, La., holds offers from Mississippi, Louisiana Tech and Oklahoma, but is also being recruited by schools like Alabama, Connecticut, Auburn, Florida, Texas and Southern Miss. He is being recruited at both defensive tackle and end depending on the program, but has a preference to play the outside at the next level.

"I just went to camp at Alabama and it went well," Lewis stated. "I thought I did pretty well and the staff said they were impressed with some of the things I showed out there on the field. The campus was nice and they showed us around the academic center and had someone speak to us about the academic support that the football players receive and it was nice to hear the players get what they need there academically."

"Coach (Chris) Wilson from Oklahoma recruits me and they like me both at defensive end and defensive tackle," Lewis said. "He seems like a nice guy, but my phone was off for a few months, so most of the contact we've had has been through email recently and I haven't gotten the chance to know him as well as I would have liked to by now. I don't know too much about any programs out of state, but I know that Oklahoma is a great program with a winning tradition that has produced some quality NFL defensive linemen over the years. I don't know when I am going to visit there, but hope to at least take one official visit out to Norman this season if they'll have me out."

"Connecticut is another school that has been recruiting me pretty hard and Coach (Scott) Lakatos seems like a really nice guy," Lewis mentioned. "We talk over email often and he asks me about my schooling and personal life a lot which I like. Connecticut is real far away, so I haven't been there yet, but I would be open to taking an official visit there if they offer me because what I have seen in pictures of the facilities looks real nice."

Lewis claimed that Mississippi, Alabama, Connecticut, Auburn, Florida and Texas were recruiting him the hardest right now, so between that statement, the amount of defensive ends on the board for Oklahoma and some lapse in contact between the two, it makes you wonder how highly the Sooner staff has Lewis rated on their board in respect to others that they have offered. While we did not get into that with Lewis, we did ask him what he was looking for in a school and what he felt he needed to work on.

"I don't know what I am looking for in a school right now," Lewis explained. "I guess I'm just looking for a place to go to school and play football. I'm thinking of a business major because I like handling money. I haven't planned any visits and am just working right now for the summer. I have no idea when I will decide either as it just isn't something I have thought about."

"I think my biggest strength is my pass rushing ability, but my coaches always tell me that I am a better run stopper then pass rusher," Lewis added. "I stay low, use my hands well and have good get off as well. I do need to work on my conditioning though."

As a junior at Hahnville High School, Lewis record 87 tackles and 12 sacks on his way to earning second-team All-District honors at defensive end. He reports a 3.0 core GPA and scored a 16 on his ACT which he will be retaking at some point.

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