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May 27, 2005

Lewis is a two-way, two-sport star

Clovis (Calif.) West two-way star Chris Lewis is a player with plenty of accolades, but not much hype.

The running back/defensive end is a two-time all-state selection with only two D1-A scholarship offers to play football. But that's football. Lewis is also the second ranked prep heavyweight wrestler in the country.

Is there anything Lewis doesn't do in two's?

Fortunately for Lewis, there is. During Saturday's Palo Alto NIKE Camp, Lewis caught the eye of several college coaches with numbers far greater than two.

"I did 27 reps on bench (press), which is the number I wear too," laughed Lewis. "My vert (vertical jump) was 34.3 (inches), my shuttle run was 4.6 and I didn't run the 40 (yard dash) because I strained my quad a couple weeks ago.

"I'm going to Germany for a wrestling trip, and there's a lot of money tied into that trip, so I didn't want to risk hurting it again. But I felt pretty good about everything; hopefully I turned some heads. I got the exposure I wanted, and that's really what I came for."

While his sculpted 6-foot-2, 237-pound frame may remind many of former Clovis West, and current USC fullback Brandon Hancock, Lewis prefers the defensive side of the football.

"I like defense, and I'm a defensive-minded player," said Lewis. "I like to hit people, take control of games, and defense wins championships."

On the recruiting front, Lewis currently likes the number five.

"Fresno State offered me a scholarship for football, and they're one of the top five schools I like," explained Lewis. "I like Cal, but I need to hear more from them, even though their recruiter came down to my school to watch me play. I also like Washington State, Arizona State and USC."

Like is an understated word to describe Lewis' interest in the Trojans.

"USC is just a great program and they're building a dynasty," said Lewis. "They've won two national championships and they get all the top players. Who wouldn't want to go there? I like everything about them, and when I watch them on TV, I like what I see with the coaches and players. They're a top-notch program."

USCFootball.com will stay in touch with Chris Lewis as his list of scholarship offers is sure to increase in the coming months.


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