Coach Speak: Taylor Lewis

DeSoto coach Claude Mathis discusses Kansas commitment Taylor Lewis.

When people look at Kansas commitment Taylor Lewis, the first thing that stands out is his physical talent. But DeSoto coach Claude Mathis said that Lewis's intangibles could be what makes him great at the next level.

"Taylor's showing great leadership for us," Mathis said. "His work ethic is unbelievable. He's done everything we've asked him to do and more. He just needs to continue to work on his game and become a lot better than what he is right now. Because I'm telling you: he's a great player, but he could be better."

That Lewis could get better isn't shocking news, as he spent last year sitting behind then-seniors Bryson Echols (Texas) and Jalen Mills (LSU). But rather than get down about a lack of playing time, Mathis said Lewis made the most of his learning opportunities.

"That big-time helped him out tremendously," Mathis said. "He talks to Bryson, and Jalen kept him out after practice to work with him. That's beneficial.

"This will be his first year as a starter for us, and his upside is so great," Mathis said. "He's tall, he's long, he has great footwork, he has savvy, he has good speed to go along with that, and he studies the game of football. So he'll be fine. His upside is really good."

With all of those attributes, what about Lewis stood out to the Kansas coaches?

"Definitely size," Mathis said. "His size. His long length. They think they can take him to another level. They're happy with him. They're very excited about him."

As is Mathis, who said that Lewis was also a standout in the classroom.

"He's just a great kid," Mathis said. "We're looking forward to him stepping forward for us this year and having a great year."

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