June 12, 2007

In-state lineman attends Bowden Camp

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A mountain of a man, Justin Lewis, was one of the top in-state participants at the Tommy Bowden Football Camp on Monday. What did the 6-foot-4, 320-pound guard from Johnsonville take away from the event?

"After warm-ups in the morning, we broke into groups and had four sections of drills," Lewis told Tigerillustrated.com Tuesday evening. "After that we broke and came back and did some new offensive line drills. We broke for lunch but then it started to thunder and lightning so we watched film."

"We watched film of their practice so see college players do the drills we were doing," he continued. "We watched film for about an hour and a half and then I left. I learned some techniques I hadn't practiced before."

What are his impressions of Clemson's staff?

"(Offensive line) coach (Brad) Scott is good because he's a lot like the coaches at my school right now, which I like a lot," noted the Palmetto State blocker. "I met (wide receivers) coach (Dabo) Swinney too. He's a nice guy."

Lewis, his father Ron and sister Sydney spent Sunday in Tiger Town as well.

"The both liked Clemson a lot," the guard prospect said. "I like the coaches there, the effort they put in to making their players better as players and as people, the facilities, the campus and the academic program. We didn't have to take a campus tour, because I had already done that on Junior Day."

The lineman visited South Carolina last Thursday for their camp.

"I got to know their coaches better and learn some new stuff concerning combination blocks that varied from what we do at my school," he added.

North Carolina State, Buffalo and South Carolina State (verbally) have offered.

"NC State would have to be my leader at this point because they are the only one that has offered me at this point of the big schools," Lewis detailed. "I'd like to go to Clemson or South Carolina or Maryland. Those schools are always on top of the list. South Carolina said they were going to contact me (about an offer) two to three days after camp and Clemson said they would notify me after their camps wrapped up."

He's planning to attend Maryland's camp next week and will hit up NC State later in the month.

The interior lineman boasts a 3.8 GPA.

He bench presses 315 pounds, squats 480 pounds and runs a 5.1-second 40-yard dash.

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