Three-star offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (6-7, 275, 4.85) from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral just may be the fastest rising offensive line prospect in the western region if not the nations. He has parlayed a very busy offseason where he attended a lot of camps and it is paying off in performance on the field and his play has attracted plenty of new offers.
"It has been exciting lately," Dave Lewan, Tyler's dad said. "Right now Taylor is concentrating on school, but the last 10 days have been very exciting.
Lewan's first offer came from Utah State, then he camped at his dad's alma mater, Minnesota and his performance earned him an offer there too. His third offer was after another stellar camp performance at Arizona State.
Word started to spread about Lewan after a stellar performance at USC's Rising Stars Camp, but schools went into the wait until senior season to see some senior footage mode and once Lewan sent out his tape things started to really pop for him.
One by one, schools such as Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Nevada. His two latest offers from UNLV and UCLA.
Lewan has the things you just can't teach. He has great size, quick feet, long arms and all the intangibles that encompass a successful offensive lineman.
The sky is the limit for Lewan as he is a neophyte on the offensive side of the football. Believe it or not, Lewan's senior season is his first playing offense and he has taken to the all important left tackle spot like a duck takes to water. The amazing thing about Lewan is he's very young. He just turned 17 in July.
Though Lewan has a tremendous wingspan, he still benches 325. He has recorded a 465 pound squat and he power cleans 275. All very impressive numbers, but his 31-inch vertical make him an even more tantalizing prospect.
Another thing to like about Lewan is he has a bit of the nasty in him, probably a holdover from his days as a defensive lineman. He plays hard on every down, from snap to whistle and he finishes his blocks.
One of the things that has helped expedite Lewan's progress as an offensive lineman, is the opportunity and the challenge, of lining up against four-star Michigan bound defensive end, Craig Roh, every day in practice.
Lewan also has benefited by the outstanding coaching he has received at Chaparral led by his head coach, Charlie Ragle.
"Coach Ragle has been fantastic," Dave Lewan said. "Not just on the field, but he works to develop kids on and off the field."
Ragle has currently led his Chaparral team to a perfect 4-0 record.
Lewan was selected to the Rivals.com Arizona Preseason Top 30 team for the class of 2009 landing as the Grand Canyon State's No. 10 prospect at any position.