Cali DE 'loved it' at Washington State

A 6-3, 230 pound defensive end, he comes from the same high school as Cougar QB Jeff Tuel. A three-star prospect, he's racked up 120 tackles and 19 sacks the past two seasons, and his senior year totals are on pace for career highs. He was out on the Palouse this weekend, here's how he said things went..

"It went great," said Fresno's Donavon Lewis. "Washington State is just in a town where everybody is so (supportive) of the football program and where everybody knows everybody. And if they don't know you, then they bring you in and treat you like part of their family -- that's what I liked most."

Lewis, who preps at Clovis West High, said one thing he wanted to see this weekend was if the Cougs competed in the game against the now No. 2 ranked Oregon Ducks.

"They lost the game but they played with Oregon, they went four quarters," said Lewis. "A lot of big hits. Defensively, Washington State had I think six freshmen starters, they're a very young team...but they played hard. After the game they weren't hurt, and they weren't throwing fits...everybody there is like brothers and I like that."

Lewis also said he saw "clear, hard evidence" this weekend of what's to come.

"Washington State, I see a year or two years from now them doing something big. All of their players are so young," said Lewis.

WHAT ELSE STOOD on the visit?

"The campus, the indoor fields, big weight room, big rec center, nice dorms. The coaching staff was awesome. The players were awesome. Overall, I loved it," said Lewis.

Lewis is listed by as a 3-star linebacker prospect, and some schools like UCLA and Miami are recruiting him back in the box, but WSU and the other schools who have offered have all done so at defensive end.

"I like a three-point stance and to go one-on-one with that offensive lineman, and then go get the quarterback," said Lewis.

Lewis, through four games this season, has 37 tackles and 5.5 sacks for Clovis West. The previous two years, he racked up appx. 120 tackles and 19 sacks.

LEWIS HAS GOTTEN more Pac-10 interest since WSU offered him earlier this year. He holds additional offers from Nevada, Fresno State and SJSU, with UCLA, Washington, Miami among those in contact. He was hosted this weekend by Jeff Tuel and spent a lot of time with Marquess Wilson and Gino Simone. He also got in some quality face time with the WSU coaches.

"Coach (Todd) Sturdy, the quarterbacks coach and who offered me, coach Razz (Rich Rasmussen), coach (Paul) Wulff -- I got to sit down with coach Wulff and talk..I bonded with all the coaches," said Lewis.

Although Lewis raved about his weekend on the Palouse and all things WSU, the trip to Pullman was his first official visit and he said he plans on taking additional officials before making his decision.

"Weather doesn't bother me. A lot of people down here go off what uniforms (schools are) wearing... but I'm just a big dude who wants to win," said Lewis.

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