It’s not often that coaches go on the record saying that a certain player needs to stay in school. Typically they give a bland statement along the lines of ”he needs to do whats best for him and his family.”
So Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables statement about linebacker Travis Lewis comes as a mild surprise:
He needs to come back and improve himself in a variety of areas, and not go somewhere for a discount.”
While I think Venables should probably not go public with his opinion of Lewis’ future, I can’t argue with his assessment. Lewis is an impressive athlete, but far from a finished product. Another year under Venables could turn him into a 1st-round prospect.
However, this isn’t a great class of linebackers. Lewis may realize that he has an excellent chance to come off the board within the top 50-75 picks and decide that’s good enough for him. He also has a chance to skyrocket up the draft boards over the offseason. He’s an impressive athlete and could be a workout warrior at the combine.