Did Oklahoma make Lewis' final cut?

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today we talked with Shaun Lewis of Fort Bend Hightower, There are some new developments in his recruitment.

In most of the updates about linebacker Shaun Lewis of Hightower High School in Missouri City, TX, the top prep star says that he wants to weigh out all options and make a sound decision. Basically, there was no pressure and no rush.

Now, that seems to still be the case, but it appears that the 6-foot, 205-pound Lewis wants to put an end to the process and get ready for his senior season.

"I am actually closer to a decision than many may think. Probably sometime in the next week or so, but soon," Lewis said. "Trying to get it over before the season come. I want my team to have all of my attention for the season."

And for a player like Lewis, that is important. Last season the Hurricane team advanced to the Texas 5A Division I state title game (Lewis was the defensive MVP of the game) and lost by a touchdown to Dallas area team Allen. With that memory in mind, Lewis said that there is only one thing for the 2009 team to do.

Anything less would be a disappointment.

"We feel that the only way we can get better from last year's team is to win it all. If we only go to the fourth round that will not be good enough and we will fall short," Lewis said. "So the only way to improve is to win it all."

Lewis said that the team is clearly moving in the right direction to make that happen. Guys putting in the extra work this summer and being dedicated to making it back to the show. All of that is in place, now there is just the fine-tuning.

"We are just trying to build chemistry. We just need to put it out on the field for our senior years," Lewis said. "We have athletes all over the field and I feel comfortable with anybody on the field making plays. I feel good about this year's defense just as much as last years."

For last year, Lewis recorded 134 (21 for loss) tackles and nine sacks. That level of play has colleges across the country wanting to get in on his services for 2010.

But with a decision coming any day now, Lewis already has the final choices.

"Oklahoma State, LSU, Miami, and Texas A&M are who it comes down to. I feel as though all of those schools have something great to bring to the table," Lewis said. "The common denominator would be where God wants me to be and where he leads me. Wherever that feeling takes me that is where I am going."

Early on the in the process, he had strong ties to the Oklahoma program and had developed a relationship with assistant coach Brent Venables. Things have now changed and Lewis is comfortable with these final selections.

He stated that the feeling was good for all of these and the coaching staffs at each made him feel like that is where they wanted him to be. 

Lewis was recently honored by the Touchdown Club of Houston as one of the top preseason players in the Bayou City for the 2009 season. And while he is happy with his personal accomplishments, it is the team whom he gives the credit.

"I'm nothing without my team. Without those other 10 guys, I would not the player that I am and I may not even have one scholarship offer," Lewis said. "Everything that is going on right now is a blessing. Without God I would not be here. It's just an honor to be here amongst great people."

As for a commitment, Lewis said a decision might come as soon as the end of this week.


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