August 13, 2008

Lewan checks out new ASU facility

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral's Taylor Lewan is the highest rated offensive linemen in Rivals.com preseason Arizona top 30, a fact that is remarkable considering he has yet to play a down of offensive line in his young career.

Of course when you factor in that Lewan is 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds, bench presses 325 pounds and squats 465 pounds, it's easy to see why so many are high on his potential.

Lewan visited Arizona State last weekend to watch a Sun Devil practice and take a look at the new indoor practice facility.

"I checked out ASU on Saturday afternoon," Lewan said. "We had our own practice earlier that morning. It wasn't planned at all, my friend came over my house asked me if I wanted to come and I said sure."

"When I got there Coach Stretz and Coach Erickson came over and talked to me for a little bit," Lewan said. "They told me what they are all about it, it was good stuff. We all got to go into the Bubble. It was unbelievable, the fact that they just hold it up with air is amazing. It was perfect. It felt a nice cool 75 degrees the whole time."

Lewan transferred to Chaparral this past spring. He and his new Firebird teammates spent the last week in Payson, Arizona for their training camp.

"I think camp went real well," Lewan said "We put the pads on for the first time on Thursday and I think everyone did real well. I think I am fitting in there just fine. They are all just a bunch of great guys. They really just brought me in and took me under their wings. I already feel like part of the family."

At the moment Lewan holds offers from Arizona State, Minnesota and Utah State. That list could grow considerably larger pretty soon. Lewan had been flying under the radar until he had a solid camp season earlier this summer. Now there are a lot of schools waiting to see how he performs for the first time at left tackle this season.

"Recruiting is picking up," Lewan said. "I have been getting more and more letters as we get back into the season. No new offers, I still have just the three. I hope after a few games I will pick up some more. I have been hearing from Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Wyoming and UTEP. My dad has been getting some emails from Oregon and Michigan. They want to see how my first couple of games go. I also attended USC's camp so I am on their radar too."

Lewan's father played offensive line for Minnesota so it is not surprising that Taylor is also very high on the Golden Gophers. Minnesota also has new facilities to show off with the new TCF Bank Stadium which is set to open next season.

"If I were to go to Minnesota I will be able to play in their new stadium as a freshman," Lewan said. "I am going to officially visit Minnesota in September and I am probably going to go to ASU as well but I don't know when."

Lewan had previously indicated to Rivals.com that playing early could impact his college decision.

"[Playing all four years] is something that I have been going back and forth with in my head for a while," Lewan said. "I just turned 17 so I am still young. I would be willing to redshirt.

"Wherever I do go, I will sit down with the coaches and my dad and decide on what is best for me. I will probably make my college decision around the middle of the season."

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