UCLA Recruits Clovis D-End

UCLA has been recruiting a fairly unknown defensive end from Clovis (Calif.) West, one who started receiving recruiting attention after the Nike Camp in Palo Alto in May...

Clovis (Calif.) West defensive end Chris Lewis (6-2, 240) has seen his scholarship offers reach double digits.

Lewis has been offered by Fresno State, Boise State, UNLV, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Cal Poly and TCU officially and also got a verbal offer from UCLA. In addition, Cal and USC are watching him closely.

He named his top five, which included four Pac-10 schools and his father's alma mater.

"I'm pretty wide open but I have a top five. Fresno State was where my parents went. My dad played for Coach (Jim) Sweeney from 1982-1984. They aren't just a backup school, I'm really looking at them. UCLA, Coach (Tom) Cable is a pretty cool guy and he's been recruiting me hard, and at USC, I feel comfortable with Coach (Rocky) Seto. And Oregon and Arizona State are in there too," said Lewis.

Lewis said the recruiting interest was minimal at first, but then he attended the Nike Camp at Stanford and saw it grow. "There were a lot more schools who started talking to me after the Nike Camp. Most of the defensive line coaches thought I did well and was one of the top three defensive linemen there," said Lewis, who hopes to play weakside defensive end in college. "Wherever I can make an impact early, I'll play, even if that means moving to outside linebacker."

Lewis also attended the USC Camp and Fresno State Camp. At the Nike Camp, he ran a 4.62 forty and jumped 35 inches in the vertical.

While Arizona State and Oregon are in his top five, Lewis' desire is to stay in-state. "I want to stay in California. I like Arizona State and Oregon, but they would really need to impress me more to leave. My parents said that they want to see me play, and that would be easier if I stayed in California," Lewis said.

Lewis wants to take all five of his official visits, then will decide after his last trip. He has already unofficially visited USC, Stanford and Fresno State.

A possible factor in Lewis' decision is that he is one of the top wrestlers in the nation. He was ranked second in the country in the heavyweight category, after finishing second in the California meet. Oregon, Boise State, Fresno State and Arizona State are the four schools recruiting him that offer wrestling.

During his junior year, Lewis had 85 tackles, 10 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.

Lewis looks good academically, with a 3.3 GPA and scoring a 1400 on the new SAT.


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