It might be close to the end of the recruiting cycle for Kaiwan Lewis, the South Carolina linebacker who is looking to transfer for his fifth and final year of college eligibility.
Lewis, a former product of St. Joseph's (Hammonton, N.J.), just returned from a recruiting visit to Nebraska this past weekend and now will host Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood and defensive coordinator Joe Rossi this week in South Carolina. A former three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Lewis was the No. 10 player in New Jersey according to the website.
His visit to this Nebraska this past weekend offered him some insight into the program; there were some things he expected from the Cornhuskers and some things about the area that surprised him.
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“It was good, it's a different place out there. Kind of what expected,” Lewis told Metro.
“Everything is surrounded by football. Everything was about football out there. I wasn't expecting how spacious it was. How open it really is. It has its own vibe.”
On the trip, the Nebraska staff sat him down and told him they envision Lewis playing a role similar to Cincinnati Bengals linebackerVontaze Burfict, who was a star at Arizona State. There were no promises about playing time or starting, Lewis said, as the new coaching staff at Nebraska hasn't even had a chance to see their new players practice. In short, they don't even know what their two-deep looks like at this juncture.
He admitted, “I'm taking a hard look at them.”
This weekend, Lewis will take an official visit to Rutgers in addition to an in-home visit from the coaching staff. Two weeks ago, Lewis told Metro that he had interest in Rutgers along with Nebraska and Penn State. Since then, he said he hasn't heard much from the Nittany Lions but it appears that Arizona might be entering the picture as a possible school showing some interest.
As of now, however, Lewis has a top two of Rutgers and Nebraska.
The Rutgers staff has been trying to sell Lewis on their recent success with fifth-year seniors, including offensive lineman R.J. Dill as well as wide receiver Andrew Turzilli.
“I've been hearing good things so far, I will have the chance to come in and start,” Lewis said, who was originally recruited by Rutgers when in high school.
“I'm trying to get as many facts as possible. Trying to learn about them, what they want me to do.”
Lewis said he is in no rush to make a choice on a college.
“I'm trying to make the best decision for me,” he said.