For most prospects, their junior seasons are the most vital when it comes to being recruited. But for Overland Park (Kan.) Blue Valley West defensive end Pat Lewandowski, there was no junior season for him.
Lewandowski missed his junior season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee. But the 6-foot-6, 248-pounder is quickly making up for lost time with dominating performances in his team's first two games, including a remarkable performance when he was all over the field against Bishop Miege.
"I had to have surgery last September on my right knee, but everything is great now," Lewandowski said. "I don't have any problems at all."
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Lewandowski has the size the college programs crave.
He easily towers over his teammates and opponents, and athletic ability runs in his family. His brother, Robert Lewandowski, is a 6-9, 250-pound power forward at Texas Tech.
He also has the athleticism.
Lewandowski moves extremely well for a big guy and was just as athletic when it came to stopping the run and rushing the passer against Miege.
"I think I have a lot to give a college program," he said. "I work hard, and really give it my all every time out."
Blue Valley West coach Scott Wright thinks Lewandowski will be a steal for somebody.
"He missed all of last year because of that ACL, so he is a bit of a sleeper," he said. "But I have no doubts he can play at the Division I level."
Lewandowski was in Lawrence last weekend for KU's game against Duke. He's also unofficially visited Kansas State and Northwestern. He did not grow up a fan of a particular school and said he is just looking for an opportunity to play on the next level.