4-star CB Marcus Lewis on Cougs, timetable

THE COUGS ARE filling up fast with 23 known verbal commitments -- but there will always be a handful of guys you watch until the very end. Indeed, even if Washington State fills their needs at a position, but another star prospect decides he too wants to come along, WSU isn’t going to turn him away. From our chair, corner Marcus Lewis fits that mold. Here’s what he told Cougfan.com …

Marcus Lewis out of Washington D.C. is ranked four-stars, the No. 23 cornerback nationally and the No. 175 prospect overall regardless of position. He has a boatload of national-type offers. Mike Leach and Jarrail Jackson home-visited the Gonzaga College High product last week.

“It was very nice, Coach Leach is really down to earth -- funny. My mom and I, we really enjoyed him a lot… my mom loved him… he’s cool you know? I know that if he were my coach, I would feel comfortable going to talk to him about anything,” said Lewis.

Lewis said last Tuesday he was, in no particular order, down to Washington State, Kentucky and Miami. He took an official visit to Kentucky this past weekend and post-visit, his twitter account along with another tweet from a recruiting reporter have seemed to indicate Lewis has Kentucky as his leader in the immediate aftermath of that trip.

“Basically I’ve got those three schools, I’ve visited all three schools and I’m just going to make a decision (probably) in January… I kind of know everything about all three, it’s going to be a really tough decision, I’m just trying to process it through,” said Lewis, adding that it might be more likely for him to make his final decision late in the month rather than Jan. 2 at the Under Armour All-America game.

SO WHAT WILL it come down to in the end?

“Basically how comfortable I (think I’ll) feel on campus and with the coaching staff, the players, how comfortable my mom feels with everybody, what place is going to develop me into the best player I can be - and early playing time, I’d like to go in and make an impact early,” said Lewis.

Distance could be somewhat important, Lewis said. None of his final three schools are closer than eight hours driving time from D.C. but the other two schools are less far away. At the same time …

“I already have an old high school teammate who goes to Wazzu now, (Connor Ennis) so I don’t think that would be too much of a problem… but it’s ‘kinda’ important, (my mom) wants to be able to go and see me play,” said Lewis.

HIS OFFICIAL VISIT to WSU and the Cougar coaching staff continue to resonate, Lewis said.

“Pac-12: going to get a lot of balls thrown at you so that’s good,” said Lewis. “The Air Raid. Coach Leach … he’s been recruiting me hard from Day One. I met those coaches (on my visit) and really liked the campus. I really like them a lot.”

As for Kentucky, head coach Mark Stoops and assistant Derrick Ansley continue to sell him on playing in the SEC and early playing time at UK.

“SEC: best conference in America hands down. (I could) fit right in and play as a freshman…It’s just a great school, great campus, great atmosphere, I just liked it a lot out there,” said Lewis.

Lewis also gave props to Miami and the tradition of the Hurricanes’ program.

“It’s really nice out there and I could have an impact there as a freshman as well,” he said.

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