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By LARRY VAUGHT
His son is still not quite ready to make his college choice, but Lorenzo Lewis says there is nothing more Kentucky could have done to impress his son, Isaiah, than what it did Tuesday when the two visited the UK campus for a second time.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We had a good time and really enjoyed it,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Lorenzo Lewis. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Great staff. Great university. The academics are great. The advisors and professors are all excellent people. But you also see the business side, too. They have a balanced program with athletics and academics. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why we went back. We liked what we saw the first time and we think they are going in the right direction.Ã¢â‚¬Â
That direction certainly would be easier to keep attaining if Isaiah Lewis, a 5-11, 190-pound safety from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds and has numerous big-time scholarship offers even though Kentucky and Michigan State seem to have emerged as his final two teams.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Coach (Rich) Brooks has been great. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s easy to talk to and definitely knows what he is looking for. He tells you exactly the way it is, too,Ã¢â‚¬Â Lorenzo Lewis said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“But the whole staff seems very knowledgeable. We were comfortable around those guys.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He praised the way recruiting coordinator Chuck Smith has recruited his son. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He is very professional. They have handled the process very well and made us feel very comfortable with them,Ã¢â‚¬Â Lorenzo Lewis said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Isaiah is in an excellent position. He has no bad choices to make. All his offers are from top-notch universities. All we have visited, and even some we havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t, are excellent programs. That is what makes this a tough decision.Ã¢â‚¬Â
A decision could be coming as early as next week after they discuss the pluses and minuses of the schools.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It just comes down to where he feels the most comfortable. As a parent, I am looking for some place he will grow as a man and person. I want him to do well academically and also have a chance to fulfill his dreams athletically,Ã¢â‚¬Â Lorenzo Lewis said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“UK can provide him that. Michigan State can. Even some others like Iowa and Purdue are not bad places to go. Ohio State is still watching him. We are not sure what they will do,Ã¢â‚¬Â Lorenzo Lewis said.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He has a tough decision, but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good problem to have. I tell him that all the time. We are not going to rush if it he is not sure where he wants to go. We just got back (from Kentucky). We want to talk about it some more. We will go over it all again and if he has one he feels like this is where I want to go, then we will make an early decision. If he is kind of wavering, we will just wait and take some official visits.Ã¢â‚¬Â