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 after a stellar camp season.
Lewan blew everyone away who witnessed him at the ASU camp last June where he was timed in the 40 in 4.85. Needless to say, you don't see big guys like Lewan run that well very often and the Sun Devils made sure that he didn't the campus without an offer.
Just the day before the ASU camp, Lewan was camping with the Minnesota Golden Gophers and didn't get home to 1:00 AM Arizona time, but before he headed to the ASU camp he received word that Minnesota tendered an offer.
Rivals.com caught up with Lewan at the prestigious USC Rising Stars Camp where he performed at a very high level and was one of the best offensive linemen at the camp.
The amazing thing about Lewan is he's very young. He just turned 17 in July. He has the type of frame that D-I schools covet and add into the equations his footwork and overall quickness it is obvious to see the potential in this fast rising prospect.
Lewan has long arms, which is good for pass and run blocking, but makes it a pretty tough bench, yet, 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.
Besides his offers from Arizona State and Minnesota, he also has one from Utah State. He is getting recruiting attention from Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, Alabama and Boise State.
"At the moment, I don't have any favorites," Lewan said. "I will probably have my decision near the middle of my senior season."
"What I'm looking for in a college is a good education and the opportunity to play early," Lewan said. "I also want four seasons, but that's not a deal killer."
"I like Arizona State a lot," Lewan said. "It is close to home and I like their facilities."
"I think that Coach Dennis Erickson is doing a great job and I like the direction the program is going," Lewan said. "They are going to be a good program in the future. They are also getting a dome for practice."
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.