Kaiwan Keen On PSU

New Jersey linebacker Kaiwan Lewis is already making a splash as a junior and the star player talks to FightOnState.com about offseason plans, his recruitment and the interest he has in PSU.

Kaiwan Lewis of Hammonton, NJ may be in the class of 2012 but he is already growing into one of the top recruits in the Garden State. Lewis is an impressively built linebacker out of St. Joseph's in South Jersey, a player who already holds a number of offers and is waiting on several more. Among the group of suitors whom Lewis is expecting to hear from soon includes Penn State.

"I talked to coach [Ron] Vanderlinden last week and he said they will watch my film after the bowl game and coach [Dick] Anderson wants me to come back up to visit again," Lewis told FightOnState.com. "So I'll be there soon as well."

Lewis is familiar with Penn State, calling it an honor to be recruited by the Nittany Lions.

"It's an honor because they're known as ‘Linebacker U,' that's why," Lewis said.

While programs such as Georgia and Georgia Tech in addition to Northwestern and Penn State are planning trips to Jersey to check out Lewis, the player will be busy himself this winter and spring. He plans on a heavy dose of weightlifting coupled with speed drills and he will be attending several camps to get linebacker specific training. While he doesn't rule out a position change, it is clear that Lewis loves playing linebacker.

And the stats back up his passion for the position.

His junior season, Lewis had 80 tackles and nine sacks along with three forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered and one interception for a touchdown. He was named first team All-South Jersey and earned a nomination for the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game in addition to an invite for this January's U.S. Army National Combine at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Lewis is going big-time, and it seems like others are noticing it.

At the spring game last year, Lewis said a Penn State fan came up to him inside Beaver Stadium and asked the then sophomore for an autograph. Floored, Lewis gave it to him. It was the standout moment from the day for Lewis.

"I felt welcome [at Penn State] from the start," Lewis said. "They're definitely on the top of my mind and I want to learn more about them."

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