Ever since Rivals.com first caught a glimpse of four-star offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (6-7, 272, 4.72) from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral at USC's Rising Stars camp last June, his stock has continued to rise. Lewan now a recruit from coast-to-coast, returned from his first official trip.
"I just returned from my first visit to Minnesota," Lewan said. "I liked it a lot. I loved the coaches and the players were awesome. They all treated me like family from the moment I arrived.
Having grown up in California, Arizona and Texas, Lewan has never lived in a climate like that of Minnesota, but said it won't have an impact on his decision.
"I loved the weather and like I said, I have never lived in a place where there are four seasons before so I liked Minnesota a lot," Lewan said.
Even though Lewan enjoyed his trip to Minnesota, he's still going to take his other visits.
"I'm going to Michigan in early December and I will also visit Oregon, but I haven't set up the visit date yet," Lewan said. "I'm not sure who my last two (visits) will be and I'm not sure who is even in the running."
Lewan is one of the reasons that Chaparral is 11-1 and headed to the semifinals this Friday against Tucson (Ariz.) Caynon Del Oro.
The fast rising Lewan earned a spot in the Rivals250 for the Class of 2009 and is ranked the No. 10 prospect from Arizona.