DE Marquavius Lewis of Hutchinson JC, KS is back at his Greenwood home for a few weeks and will take some time out to visit USC while in his home state. Lewis has scheduled that visit to Columbia for May 17th.
USC has been out to see Lewis this spring and recruiters Deke Adams and Kirk Botkins continue to work him hard via social media and a couple of times a week on the phone.
“They lost Clowney and they are trying to find some guys that can play for them right away,” Lewis said. “They see me fitting in at that position and playing.”
Lewis said Auburn and Alabama are also working him hard like USC but he hasn’t formulated a favorites list at this point. The USC visit will be the only one he’ll make while he’s home. Clemson also offered him but Lewis said he hasn’t heard from the Tigers since then.
Lewis does not plan to make a quick decision and will carry things out until after his season. So no matter what he sees at USC on his visit, he won’t jump in right away with the Gamecocks.
“I want to see all their facilities and their strength program,” Lewis said. “Also what the school education wise has to offer. And how cool are the coaches and players.”
The coolest of the Gamecocks no doubt was Jadeveon Clowney and Lewis was tuned in Thursday night when the Rock Hill native was picked #1 in the NFL Draft. He says for a player like him, a fellow South Carolinian and a fellow defensive end, Clowney’s USC legacy works in favor of the Gamecocks.
“It’s an amazing impact just because he’s a South Carolina kid and South Carolina has been putting out good defensive linemen for the past couple of years and that makes it a way to the NFL.”
Southern Cal and Cincinnati are Lewis’ most recent offers. Some of his others are Alabama, Florida, Kansas State, Tennessee, Arkansas, Miami, Missouri, West Virginia, Louisville and Auburn. He’s also seen coaches from Southern Cal, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Miami, Florida, Florida State and Texas A&M have come thru this spring.