After years on the sideline in regards to recruiting junior college prospects, Clemson Monday jumped back into that pool with both feet offering South Carolina natives DE Marquavius Lewis of Hutchinson JC, KS and DL DJ Jones of East Mississippi State. Both have become national recruits as they move towards their final season in junior college.
Lewis, a Greenwood product who played for two state championships, was offered by USC last week and is thrilled to now have the option of choosing staying close to home, and having a choice within his state. "Everybody knows they lost Clowney and another end so they need someone to come in with a little bit of experience," Lewis said of USC. "Both of the schools are in state and both are close to home. It's another blessing and great opportunity to say I have both offers."
Lewis got the word on the Clemson offer from defensive coordinator Brent Venables. "He was telling me he likes the way I played and they were very interested," he said. "It's closer to home but I still haven't fit the schools together (in a favorites list). I don't think it's a priority to up and choose one of them right away."
Lewis has not scheduled any visits for this spring but he hopes to see some schools this summer. He also has offers from Alabama, Florida, Kansas State, Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, Miami, Missouri, West Virginia and Auburn. "If I just keep a level head about everything, everything will work itself out," he said. But he admitted his family would like him close to home. He'd like to make his decision by the end of this season.
Last season Lewis had 60 tackles with 17 for loss and 6.5 sacks.