One of the state's top juniors eyeing Texas

The state of Texas is loaded at the linebacker position in the junior class. One of the linebackers that will be nationally recruited is Hightower's Shaun Lewis. The 6-0, 195-pound speedster was named the 23-5A sophomore of the year in 2007 and is putting together another big time season in 2008.

The Hightower Hurricanes had a statement win on Friday with a 28-21 win over undefeated North Shore avenging a 33-9 regional final loss a year ago. One of the key cogs on the defensive side of the ball is junior outside linebacker Shaun Lewis. The 6-0, 195-pound speedy defender says it was a blessed day for Hightower.

"Oh man, it was crazy," Lewis said. "It was a blessing. We played very well and it was a crazy game. I did okay individually. I had a lot of tackles in the first half, but I got comfortable in the second half and missed a couple of open field tackles," Lewis said.

The win for Hightower was the tenth of the season against zero losses and sets up a Friday night showdown with Cinco Ranch at Delmar Stadium.

Blessed with a 35-inch vertical, quickness laterally and an instinctive game gear, Lewis has become one of the top playmakers in the Houston area on defense. As a sophomore, Lewis earned 23-5A sophomore of the year honors after positing eleven quarterback sacks. Thus far in 2008, the sideline-to-sideline playing linebacker has posted over 90 tackles and several sacks. Even with the success, he is still looking for ways to get better.

"I'm having a good year. I have around 90 tackles and five or six sacks. I still need to work on my open field tackling and my closing speed. I think that is where I can keep improving," Lewis said.

Lewis' playmaking ability hasn't gone unnoticed by college programs. The outside backer with 4.5 speed (TCU camp) is closing in on ten scholarship offers with more to come in December and January.

"Right now, the offers I have are from Oklahoma, UH, A&M, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and Duke. I think those are the ones. Texas, Alabama and a lot of others are recruiting me hard. I just need to get film out to the schools that haven't seen me," Lewis said.

The probable 23-5A defensive player of the year has not been able to make any college games since the playoffs began, but he has taken in his share of games this year.

"I can't go anywhere this weekend because we play Friday. I wanted to go to Texas Tech-OU on Saturday, but I would have been too tired after our game on Friday. I've been to a few A&M games this year. I've been to Texas twice and A&M three times. They (Texas) play good football and I could see myself playing there. A&M plays good football too," Said Lewis who has already made a qualifying SAT score.

Lewis, who grew up a fan of Vince Young, says every program that is recruiting him is talking outside linebacker only and not safety.

"Outside linebacker is what all of the colleges are talking to me about. Nobody has mentioned safety." Lewis said.

Lewis plays on a Hightower team that has seniors committed to Miami, FL (QB A.J. Highsmith), Texas A&M (S Colton Valencia), Ole Miss (S/LB Dele Junaid), Rice (CB Alex Francis), SMU (WR Darius Johnson) and Navy (DE Kelvin Jackson).


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