Nebraska's razor-thin depth at linebacker could get a boost by a graduate transfer.
Kaiwan Lewis, who just finished his junior year at South Carolina, expects to graduate after this semester and has chosen to play his final season elsewhere.
Nebraska, along with Rutgers, are his two heaviest suitors, Lewis said by phone. Lewis is originally from New Jersey.
“I have one year left, so I have to make the right decision,” said the 6-foot, 228-pound Lewis, who is looking for an opportunity at playing time. After starting 10 games and making 54 tackles as a sophomore, he was a junior backup to two sophomores. Lewis had 20 tackles and a sack this year. He was suspended one game against Furman for a violation of team rules.
Lewis said NU coaches contacted him after watching tape of him play. NU has five scholarship linebackers on campus: senior David Santos, juniors Michael Rose-Ivey and Josh Banderas, sophomore Marcus Newby and freshman Dedrick Young. Lewis said he is friends with Rose-Ivey.
Nebraska could get a visit from Lewis soon. He said he’ll talk with NU linebackers coach Trent Bray this week. He’s looking to make a decision fairly quickly, even if he doesn’t arrive until the summer. Temple is another school in the mix.
A four-star prospect according to 247Sports and ESPN, Lewis had a glut of SEC offers out of high school, including LSU, Auburn, Florida and Tennessee. Michigan State also offered.