One major advantage Louisiana high school students have over Texas students is the fact that they graduate almost 3 weeks earlier. This gives players like Patrick "IHOP" Lewis the opportunity to enroll early and get working out with the team sooner than Texas recruits. Hard work is something Patrick prides himself on.
"You have to compete at every position you play. I've been excited about getting down to College Station because I intend to work hard to earn a spot on this team."
The offensive line woes of 2008 plagued the Aggies season, and next years success rides solely on the impact freshman like Lewis. Just like his nick name, Lewis wants to pancake his way into the starting lineup
"My goal is to take in as much as I can. Learn the system and be the best player I can be. If I earn a spot then I know that I deserved that spot. I want to earn it. I don‘t want anything given to me"
Coach Wyatt and Turner were the two most influential coaches in Lewis's recruitment.
"They would just talk about life. It was nice not to talk about football sometimes. The A&M coaches were more down to earth than any of the other coaches I spoke with. Other coaches would say you're going to play here and here but the Aggie coaches said I was going to have to earn my spot. The fact that they were honest with me and told me straight up that I was going to have to earn my spot is what turned me on to A&M. They kept it real."
As for other schools in the mix of his decision; Auburn and Tennessee were late threats.
"Oh yea I would of gone to Auburn but Texas A&M felt so comfortable. Coach Sherman had a lot to do with me not going anywhere else. He is so cool, calm, and collected. It's hard to find the NFL caliber coaches like him at the college level. I couldn‘t pass up the opportunity to play for him"
Lewis might have an ultimate goal of starting but he is realistic about where he is at.
"I still have a lot to work on. The coaches haven't said anything about red shirting so I know the possibility is there. I need to work on my patience, strength, and my ability to pick up the game faster."
Patrick is the only one currently in College Station out of his 3 roommates which include Uzoma Nwachukwu, Shaun Porter, and Steven Terrell.
"I feel like our skill players can match up with any team in the country. Teams need to watch out for Texas A&M in the future."
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