Lewis Exploring His Options

Class of 2012 prospect Kaiwan Lewis is high pn PSU.

Class of 2012 athlete Kaiwan Lewis is already starting to make a splash as he readies himself for his junior season. Playing for South Jersey powerhouse St. Joseph's, Lewis is has a scrimmage on Thursday and plans to start when the season kick-offs on September 11.

Lewis is preparing for a season that could see him breakout as a star in New Jersey but he is also balancing some strong and growing interest from major colleges.

"Right now I'm all about my team and helping my team get to where we need to be for our opening game and preparing for the upcoming season," Lewis said. "At the same time, I am still speaking with big time college programs. I just talked to coach Galiano from Rutgers yesterday and coach Vanderlinden from Penn State as well . There are more schools talking to me too."

Lewis holds an offer from Tulane and may be close to getting one from the Scarlet Knights. He is getting steady interest from a number of top programs, including Penn State and South Carolina. He says that his relationship with Penn State has grown recently beyond the football field and he likes the vibe of the program.

"Well, in the beginning, it was all about recruiting me as a player now we that we know each other, coach Vanderlinden and coach Anderson just talk to me about regular things and check to see how I am doing on the field and how my team is doing - and when I'm coming back up there."

Lewis is being recruited to play inside linebacker by Penn State. He says this is a good thing because that position could be one open for early playing time over the next few years at PSU.

"Penn State is a great place for education and football the fan base is incredible," Lewis said.

Lewis cites as his goal this season to help St. Joseph's to an undefeated season and to win the state championship. He plans just one visit this year, September 25 when Rutgers hosts North Carolina. While he holds one offer right now and is closing in on others, Lewis said he will be calm and clear in his decision making process, even as one program holds somewhat of an advantage right now.

"I'd say South Carolina stands out the most but to be honest, everyone is neck and neck right now," Lewis said.

Kristian R. Dyer can be reached for comment at KristianRDyer@yahoo.com and followed at twitter.com/kdyer1012

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