There is a new name to watch in the state of Arizona for the class of 2010.
That is Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe offensive tackle prospect Alex Lewis. Lewis, the son of former Nebraska and NFL lineman Bill Lewis, says he's having a growth spurt that runs in the family. Along with this size, the recruiting attention is also taking a big jump this season.
"Well before his junior year, he grew 7 inches in 9 months," his father explained. "So last year as a junior, he played at 6-4 and about 210 pounds. Then this year he grew up a couple more inches and he's right at 6-6, 245 pounds. His coordination came back and he can certainly run a lot better than I ever could."
The younger Lewis stated that his doctor felt he could put on up to "four" more inches.
"My dad, when he was my age, he was much smaller at like 6-4, 220," Alex said. "Then like in two years he was 6-7 and gained about 60 pounds. Our family has a long history of growing later."
Lewis says that his pass-blocking is his strength, but he's putting in work as a run-blocker. He's gotten plenty of experience on both sides of the ball for Mountain Pointe, playing not just offensive line but also on defense.
"I play on the offensive line at left tackle, and then I play d-end and nose tackle," Lewis said. "In the beginning of the season, I was also the long-snapper, but coaches wanted me to take a break on the field. So we brought up a sophomore to snap."
On the recruiting front, Lewis showed his ability at a Nebraska camp this last summer. That and some game film was enough to have the Husker coaching staff invite him out to unofficially visit for the Oklahoma game on Nov. 7.
He also made an unofficial visit stop at UNLV. In between all that, he was also receiving rising interest from the likes of Colorado and Michigan State. A while back, he stated that he was expecting the Buffaloes to be a possible offer in the future.
"I know they had talked about how they really like me and my size," Lewis said. "They like to get to know the family first before they just offer. They say a bunch of schools just offer over the phone. Michigan State, they had also talked about offering, but they were supposed to get back to me."
Just this week, Lewis' father confirmed with Rivals.com that Colorado is the first team to send a written offer.
Before the offer arrived, Lewis added that he didn't' have any favorites college-wise.
"Football is football to me," he said. "I really don't have a favorite. If I had to choose, I don't know who I would."