Tampa (Fla.) Freedom three-star linebacker Keith Lewis has remained quiet throughout his senior season when it comes to his recruitment, instead focusing on leading his team. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound linebacker has racked up 58 tackles in seven games, but Freedom has struggled to just a 2-5 record.
"It is going good," Lewis said. "It isn't quite as I expected it to go but with a young team, guys have to step up. Individually I don't know my stats but my main focus is to play every game as though it is the most important game. I am taking it one game at a time. I am trying to play lights out football every night."
In addition to his contributions at linebacker, Lewis has also been used as a running back. At he next level he will play linebacker, likely the SAM linebacker position, and at this point 33 schools have extended offers to let him know they want him as part of their defenses. At this point, that list of offers hasn't been whittled down.
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"The list hasn't been made yet because it is always changing," Lewis said. "I need to start narrowing it down because it is getting closer and closer. But right now the list hasn't been made. There are some schools I am thinking about more than others, but that is always changing.
"We are trying to break it down," Lewis added. "I am going by the conferences and doing my research, breaking it down more."
There are two schools amongst his offers that Lewis intends to officially visit at this point.
"I know I am going to visit North Carolina and Ole Miss," Lewis said.
His visit to see the Tar Heels will be a return trip to Chapel Hill for Lewis.
"When I went there during my sophomore year to the camp, I loved the feel," Lewis said. "I like the coaches. I just want to go up there and see it again."
He talked about his relationship with his primary recruiter on Butch Davis' staff.
"I mainly talk to Coach (Troy) Douglas," Lewis said. "Right now he is just trying to get me a time to come up there. We have already talked about the other stuff, their gameplan, school, all that stuff, now is just about when I am going to come up there."
As for Ole Miss, he has also previously been on campus there as well.
"I went there for their camp this summer and I liked it," Lewis said. "I liked the coaches, the community, and I liked being there. I think it is a place I can stay focused on my grades at. I like the feel of it. My parents want to go see it."
His primary recruiter for the Rebels is a Florida native and Lewis says he relates well to him.
"Coach (Chris) Vaughn is recruiting me," Lewis said. "He is a cool guy. Whenever I talk to him on the phone he asks me what my momma is making for dinner and then tells me what he is going to eat. He is always talking food and football. Our conversations are real close. I am getting real close with him."
A final decision isn't likely to come until Lewis concludes all five of his officials. At this point, he has no dates set for any of them. When it comes time to decide, he knows what he wants in his school of choice.
"I want a family feel, team unity, community, and a good graduation rate," Lewis said. "My main thing is can I go to that school without playing football, then that is a fit for me."
Academically, Lewis has already earned a satisfactory standardized test score and is fully qualified.