Being patient with the recruiting process is something that many athletes choose to do. And rightfully so, when one has more than 40 scholarship offers on the table as that alone can complicate the overall decision.
This is the day in the life of Missouri City (TX) linebacker Shaun Lewis. He has more than a handful of options, but has yet to narrow things down. But there are a few things that he wants to make sure and do before giving the word.
"I looking for a place where I can spend the next four years of my life and a coach who I can play at a high level for," Lewis said. "I also would like to have a family environment. I have seen a few places that can provide that. You know you see glimpse of it because they are rolling out the red carpet for you when you are down there.
"But I want to continue doing my research and go these schools on an average day and see what it is like then."
At the moment, recruiting is something of importance, but his team Hightower comes first. After losing quite a few key players to graduation, the 6-foot, 205-pound Lewis eyes his role on the team in a different light as he returns for the 2009 season.
"I'm just trying to take my time and put my (high school) team first because that will be here when all of this (recruiting) is said and done," Lewis said. "As a player, I need to become a more verbal leader. I feel that since we lost two linebackers from last year, I am the one with the most experience so I have to speak up more to the other linebackers and the defense.
"I need to make plays and trust that others will make plays as well."
And plays are something Lewis has a knack for doing. In his junior year, he recorded 134 tackles (20 for loss) and nine sacks. With numbers like these, there is not a question as to why schools across the country are lining in hopes of getting his signature next February.
But Lewis has chosen to take things slow. There have been some visits he has made and (as stated) has seen plenty that he likes in all of them. He also has a few more that he has planned for the near future.
"I have visited Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and LSU right now. There were things at all of those schools that were great," Lewis said. " When the spring season is over, I think I will go to Oklahoma State, Alabama, and Miami."
In mid April, Lewis took in the Sooner spring game. And it seems with the overall feel of Oklahoma, everything is on the up and up.
"I liked everything about Oklahoma. Good coaching staff, great players, and everyone has good character there," Lewis said of Oklahoma. "When I was at the spring game I saw they have a good fans base and support. For Oklahoma my recruiting coach in coach (Brent) Venables."
Lewis said that he and Venables have a good connection.
"I try to talk with him every week, but that's not possible with school and all, but whenever I can I call him," Lewis said. "We just talk about a lot of personal things like how is life going and things like that.
"We try to stay away from the ‘We want you to come to Oklahoma' talks and just talk about everything else. But he did tell me that they plan to take 3-4 linebackers in this class. That could factor into my decision, but a lot of schools are taking that many as well."
But right now, Lewis likes the pace of how things are going and it helps to keep things into perspective.
"Basically with recruiting I am just trying to feel myself around and my high school team is first," Lewis said. "At Hightower, there is a lot that is different. New faces and new position coaches, but we still that we have to potential to do big things here. Right now, my focus is trying to get my team back to another state championship."
Lewis was the defensive MVP of last years Division I state championship game against Allen.
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