Kaiwan Lewis sorting it out
Four-star ILB narrowing his list down, plus other notes from The Opening
TIGARD, Ore. -- In some ways, Kaiwan Lewis is just beginning to think about his future.
Sure, he's had multiple scholarship offers and given every school some thought, but a southern swing next week could end up deciding which direction he'll go.
I'm thinking everybody right now. They all possibly could be in the conversation in the end. Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee are really on me hard. I like Florida State as well.” -- Four-star ILB Kaiwan Lewis
The St. Joseph (Hammonton/N.J.) linebacker plans to visit Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida State, Tennessee and, maybe, Auburn next week. All, and more, are in the running.
"I'm thinking everybody right now," the 6-2, 228-pounder said. "They all possibly could be in the conversation in the end. Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee are really on me hard. I like Florida State as well."
Lewis, the No. 8 inside linebacker in the nation, said he likes Florida's NFL-like defense and coach Will Muschamp's no-nonsense style. At South Carolina, he sees immediate playing time and has family near Columbia
Tennessee also has tugged on his heart strings.
"I have a great bond with Coach [Derek] Dooley and [linebackers] Coach [Peter] Sirmon," Lewis said. "
When Sirmon was offered a job at UT following last season, Lewis was one of the first prospects he called to offer him a scholarship. In fact, he made the offer on the day he was hired.
"We've had a bond ever since then," Lewis said.
Lewis said Tuesday he has concerns about UT's pending NCAA ruling but hopes it follows former coach Lane Kiffin to Southern California since the violations happened under Kiffin's watch.
Adam Bisnowaty's summer travel plans are nearly over. The Fox Chapel (Pittsburgh) standout said he'll visit Florida soon, then start to whittle his list of schools to two or three finalists who he'll further evaluate with official visits this fall.
The four-star prospect has already visited Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh. Bisnowaty, the No. 35 offensive tackle in the country, said he could even decide on a college sooner if his decision feels right.
So what is the 6-6, 277-pounder looking for?
"Great coaching staff, players, a family where you can go and feel like you're at home," he said.
Defensive back LaDarrell McNeil admitted that Oklahoma State leads for his services.
"They make me feel at home," the 6-1, 190-pounder said. "They have the best facilities."
McNeil, a four-star prospect who is the No. 10 safety in the nation, said he is also still considering Texas A&M and Texas Christian.
Tight end Chris Kourtzidis said Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher's rebuilding project offers prospects a unique opportunity: a chance to build a program to a championship level that also has strong tradition.
"Within the school it's kind of like a change of pace, especially for a school on the downturn," Kourtzidis said of what Fisher has infused into the program. "Change is kind of a new thing where everyone is jumping on board trying to help this new coach bring the program back up."
That's why the Lutheran (Orange/Calif.) tight end committed to Florida State last month. He is rated the No. 25 tight end in the nation.
Dave Hooker covers recruiting in the Southeast and Atlantic Coast for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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