Lewis takes in Showcase

South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus pulled three prospects out of New Jersey in the class of 2011. And he's looking to go back for more in 2012. One prospect the Gamecocks have targeted from the beginning is St. Joseph (Hammonton, N.J.) four-star MLB Kaiwan Lewis. Lewis visited Columbia for the second time for the Showcase Camp Friday.

"It feels real good. I didn't participate, but I learned a lot -- Coach Ellis (Johnson) -- he taught me a lot from meeting with him and just watching him as well," Lewis said. "I spent a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches -- Coach (Lorenzo) Ward, Coach (G.A.) Mangus, Coach Steve Spurrier. I talked to Coach (John) Butler; I talked to Coach (Steve) Spurrier, Jr."

It was Lewis' second visit to South Carolina so he didn't see any need in taking a tour this time.

Lewis and Mangus have a long-standing relationship.

"Real good," Lewis said. "He's been recruiting me since my sophomore year. From day one he told me that they were going to need a middle linebacker and when I got down there that I'd get offered, and I got offered. We've got a real good [relationship]."

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound four-star prospect visited Florida State's campus right before his trip to Columbia with his family.

"Florida State was real good. I toured Doak Stadium. I talked to all the coaches, the position coach, the head coach."

The nation's No. 4 MLB indicated there could be major movement in his recruitment soon, but also said he wanted to contact any other schools that are recruiting him before eliminating them.

When could a decision come?

"It could be anywhere from tonight 'till signing day," Lewis said.

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