College interest is coming in heavy for Somerset (Kent.) Southwestern defensive tackle Robert Lewis. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder has yet to nab his first scholarship, but has interest from across the country.
"Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Ball State, Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Nebraska and Georgia are most of the schools interested," he said. "Nobody has offered yet, but they're just starting out the early process and have told me to come to camp to see how I do.
"They all liked my film and most of the colleges I've talked to say they are really close, but want to see how I move in camp."
Already this spring Lewis has made trips to Illinois, Northwestern and Indiana over spring break.
"I liked all of them a lot," he said. "Indiana just got a new defensive coordinator from LSU. Their facilities have one of the largest weight rooms in the country. Coach Fitzgerald runs a nice program at Northwestern and Illinois' facilities look really nice as well and the coaching staff is incredible."
With college interest growing, what is the lineman looking for?
"I'm looking at where I can get my degree, that's the top thing, the best chance for my degree," he said. "Second is one thing how they do and how they play, it depends on the defense they are playing."
Lewis is coming off a solid season that saw him post eight sacks while earning first team all-state honors.
"I did really well," he said. "I got a lot more sacks and I just got better with my technique. I really worked on that over the summer by going to a lot of camps. That was my weakest point, my one-on-one pass rush, that helped me my junior season."