Rising fast on wish list

One of the fastest rising players on the USC recruiting list is Colorado lineman Butch Lewis from Regis HS. Lewis (6-6, 275) has already received an offer from the Trojans and he had a phone call today with three USC assistant coaches to talk about his interest in the school. Click below to learn more about this top prospect.

"I first started hearing from USC about two weeks ago," said Lewis. "Their coaches watched my film and had a meeting on it and after that they made the offer. I haven't really started narrowing down my final choices yet but I can say they are a school I'm definitely interested in."

Lewis is a three year starter for Regis, he started on the d-line as a sophomore before moving to offensive line (left tackle) as a junior. This year he plans to play both positions and he is receiving recruiting attention from college coaches on both sides of the ball (his preference is defense although he will play wherever the team needs him). Butch can bench 315 pounds, squats 550 and he also starts in hoops at center.

"I'm aggressive and smart," Lewis said when asked what he does well on the field. "I'm getting better at handling the double-team. I'm half technique and half athletic ability, but more technique. I watch film to learn what I need to improve on."

So far Lewis has played well enough to draw attention from some of the top programs in the nation. In addition to the Trojans, Butch claims offers from Georgia, Texas, Nebraska and Colorado. Oklahoma, Miami and Notre Dame are other schools he mentions as programs he will look at that have not yet offered. USC and Miami like him on offense, Georgia, Texas and ND are recruiting him on defense.

Lewis spoke on Tuesday with Trojan assistant coaches Lane Kiffin, Pat Ruel and Jethro Franklin and he describes the conversation as follows:

"We talked about my personal life and I got their phone numbers so I can call them. They asked about my interest in USC and I told them it was definitely high. In terms of football, they are producing good athletes that are ready for the NFL and that's the best thing they can provide me with because that's my goal. As far as the school, I don't really know too much about it so they were telling me about how it is a private school and it is ranked high academically. They filled me in on what I needed to know."

Butch says his career goals after football are to start up some business chains "hotels, restaurants, casinos" and he looks to major in business in college. He has an uncle and cousin in the Southern California area and he visited Los Angeles last year when Regis came to town to play Loyola "the game didn't go well but the trip was fun". This summer he plans to camp at Nebraska and "probably" will make the USC camp as well.

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