The 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior blue chipper has already collected four scholarship offers from Texas A&M, Nebraska, Houston, and Duke and he's receiving serious interest from Texas, OU, OSU, Oregon, and Ilinois to name a few. So what makes the junior prospect such a hot commodity in recruiting this early in the game?
"Coaches say they like my speed and explosiveness rushing the quarterback," Lewis said. "But I'm comfortable making reads inside the box and also dropping into coverage as well."
Lewis ran a 4.50 flat at the TCU combine this summer and also attended combines at UTEP and LSU. The Tigers coaching staff is also showing interest in the linebacker.
"The LSU coaches are keeping in touch and they say they will keep track of my season," Lewis said. "I enjoyed their camp and they will be a team that I will look at when the time comes."
Speaking of keeping track of the season, that won't take much effort as Hightower's football season has suffered the fate of many Houston area high school teams that have lost several games due to Hurricane Ike.
"We've played just one game. That was against Eisenhower and I had 10 tackles and two quarterback hurries," Lewis said. "It's been tough, but you can't do anything about it. We're supposed to play Willowridge on Thursday night, but we'll see."
With the time off, Lewis did get to make the trip down to College Station this past Saturday to watch the Aggies battle the Hurricanes. This was Lewis' first time to see a game at Kyle Field and the experience was incredible according to the junior.
"This was my first time to A&M. The facilities were real nice," Lewis said. "But the atmosphere at the game was crazy. It was very loud. I've never heard anything like it before in my life. I had a great time."
Asked if the game made an impression on him and placed A&M in his top list, Lewis said it did.
"A&M is definitely in my top list of schools," Lewis said. "But it's still early and I'm open to anybody right now. I want to go to more game and see as many schools as possible before I start thinking about narrowing down my list. I'd like to go see a game at Texas, Texas Tech, or any school really within driving distance."
Lewis' Hightower teammate Colton Valencia committed to Texas A&M in the offseason. Has the senior defensive back tried to sway the young linebacker over to the Aggies?
"Yes and no. He talks to me about A&M and how they are going to turn it around," Lewis said. "But he's cool about it. He knows it's my decision and in the end I'm the one that has to live with my choice."
For now though, the two Hightower teammates are focused on getting back on the field against Willowridge and starting district play. Due to the hurricane, the district will be divided into two smaller zones and the winner of each zone will play for the district championship.
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