JUCO DT organizes an official visit to Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE — College of the Canyons, Calif. Class of 2022 defensive tackle Taylor Lewis has narrowed his offer list to four schools, with Arkansas set to receive an official visit.

Lewis, 6-3, 295, will be in Arkansas May 25-27 for an official visit. He will travel to Oregon State this weekend and also plans to visit Missouri and Nebraska. He visited Washington State in January. Arkansas proposed to him on May 15. It was an offer that pleased Lewis.

“It was pretty big,” Lewis said. “That was another SEC offer and that’s a defense I’m going to be able to fit into. So that was pretty big.”

Lewis is approaching his graduation date, then he will head to his new school and prepare for this fall.

“I’ll be graduating on June 4, so I should be done by then,” Lewis said. “I will have two years left.”

For Lewis, it’s not about offers, he has several, but rather about finding the right person for the next two years.

“I don’t count offers,” Lewis said. “I don’t really get into that kind of stuff.”

After the state visits to Oregon and Arkansas are complete, he will take two more and then make a decision.

“I will visit Missouri and Nebraska,” Lewis said. “I have to make a choice.”

Lewis talked about what he’s looking for when he’s officially in Arkansas and also what he already knows about the school and the area.

“I think Fayetteville was voted the best city in the SEC,” Lewis said. “I know the program had a very successful season last year and changed a lot of things. They are among the top 25 schools in the country.

Sam Pittman and Deke Adams made a very favorable impression on Lewis.

“To start with, coach Sam Pittman is a down to earth guy,” Lewis said. “We spent about 30 minutes on the phone. He is very authentic. Line D coach Deke Adams is my main guy. That’s pretty much the type of coach I need. He never urges me to do anything. He doesn’t force me to come. He let me know how much they wanted me and gave me my space to make my decision. But at the same time, letting me know how much I’m wanted there. He’s also a family man, and that’s why I’m so intrigued by Arkansas.

Lewis played in six games in 2021. He finished with 18 tackles, seven solo, 1.5 for loss and one pass breakup. He talked about what he considers his strengths.

“I feel like my strengths are my race stopping, my engine, my agility and my starting,” Lewis said. “I use my hands well. I am violent and disturb in the backfield.

The former star of Chicago (Ill.) Kenwood Academy doesn’t count the offers, but he has a long list. In addition to the five schools he has visited or will visit, Lewis has offers from Auburn, Akron, Arkansas State, UAB, UTSA, Western Kentucky, New Mexico State, Montana State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Liberty, Kent State, Hawaii, Eastern Michigan, Jacksonville State, Colorado State, Buffalo State, and Alabama State.

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