When Utah offered Ryan Lewis back in December the Utes immediately became a player in earning his services.
At the time Lewis had been receiving interest from a number of Pac-12 schools but held just one offer from Colorado. CU had been after him for some time and the Buffaloes sat as his favorite when the Utes entered the picture.
Now Lewis says things are all equal as he prepares to visit Salt Lake. Lewis has an official visit to Utah scheduled on January 13th and he says he's very excited for the trip.
"I can't wait to see what Utah football is all about. I'm excited to interact with the players and the coaches and see how I fit in. Building relationships with those guys is important to me so that is something I'm really looking forward to while I'm out there. I've always been a big fan of strength and conditioning too so I'm excited to check out Utah's facilities and see what they have."
Coach Jay Hill has been Lewis's primary recruiter and Ryan says they stay in contact every week.
"Coach and I talk probably once a week. He stays in touch to make sure I'm still interested, to make sure I still want to visit, things like that."
Lewis says Utah plans to try him out at both running back and corner back during the offseason, and although he doesn't care ultimately what position he plays, he does have a preference.
"My heart is at running back. That is where I've played most of my life and I have a lot of fun at that position. I would like playing corner too; I know Utah puts a lot of guys in the NFL at corner so we'll see what happens."
Lewis likes many things about Utah and now that they're a Pac-12 school he knows he'll have the ability to stay close to home.
"Going Utah means I would still be able to play games close to my family and friends. I wouldn't feel like going to Utah would be a long way from home."
Being a Washington native Lewis has had his eyes set on the Huskies throughout his entire recruiting process. Although he doesn't currently hold an offer from the Huskies, he has been in touch with the coaches there and says he would have a hard time passing up an offer if one came.
"Colorado, Utah, and Washington are the three schools I'm focused in on right now. I don't have any favorites right now, but Washington hasn't offered yet and I'd have a hard time passing that up if they do."
"I've been in contact with Coach Sark a lot lately. They invited me to attend their bowl practices a few weeks ago and I got a chance to get close to their coaching staff. I know they let go of their defensive coordinator but I like what Sark is doing there so the coaching turnover doesn't really worry me."
Lewis says he's focused on working hard and competing and is eager to show whichever school he picks what he can do. Playing time is something he is ready to work hard for as a freshman and knows that time may not come easy. Even still, he's ready to put in the work needed to help his team.
"I know I'll work hard wherever I go. I'd love to play early as a freshman and show what I can do so I'm focused on trying to make that happen. If I get in and I'm not big enough or not mentally ready I would be happy to redshirt to make myself better."
Lewis Excited to Visit Utah
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