December 9, 2007

Lewis enjoys UA official

Pleasant Grove defensive end Brandon Lewis established himself as one of the top defensive prospects in the South and has remained solid in his early commitment to the Tide. This weekend, Lewis took his official visit to the Capstone.

"My two brothers and parents went up with me. My brothers are 8 and 10. They were pretty excited and they are big. I think they'll be football players too. We had dinner with everyone Friday night. It was really kind of a meet and greet. After that I went off with Chris Underwood my host," Lewis said. "Chris took me to a get together. There were a bunch of recruits and some of the current players. I hung with Undra (Billingsley) a lot. Star Jackson was there and Jerrell Harris. I've known Jerrell for a long time, before recruiting even started. He's a good guy. We didn't talk much recruiting but he likes Alabama."

Lewis got a better idea of what campus life will be like at UA after touring the Alabama campus and academic facilities.

"I'm majoring in business so meeting the head of that department was exciting for me. He sat down and told us what we could expect next year and how we would benefit from the hard work and degree. It sounded like we will learn a lot and leave Alabama with a great degree. That was exciting for me and my family," Lewis said. "That night I knew we were going to the stadium but when I walked in the locker room and saw the jerseys laid out I really got excited. I did not expect that but it was so exciting. I could barely believe it and then when we ran out of that tunnel everything was so great.

"Playing for Alabama has always been my dream and it just sort of sunk in Saturday night that it was about to come true. I guess I hadn't expected it to hit me like that but it did and when it did I was like 'wow". I was just blown away."

Lewis spoke to defensive line coach Bo Davis as well as Nick Saban about his future role on the defense.

"Coach Davis told me that I had a chance to come in next year and play. He broke down the system I would be playing in. He told me I would be a five-technique and I liked what I heard. Coach Davis is a nice guy and I know he's got a lot to teach me," Lewis said. "Coach Saban talked to me mainly about academics. He told me to come in with the goal of getting a degree and when I leave I will be a success. He said that I have a chance to play early next year but I have to come in ready. I told him I was going to work hard everyday to get where I need to be.

"He told me that his goal as a team was to win a national championship and that this class that I'm part of will be the one that sets the tone for the future of the program."

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