Pat Lewandowski talks official visit

Pat Lewandowski talks official visit

Pat Lewandowski, defensive end from Overland Park-Blue Valley West, Kansas, was honored to receive a scholarship offer from the Jayhawks. He talked in-depth of his official visit to Lawrence.


"I liked everything I saw when I was there," said Pat Lewandowski. "I felt like they wanted me. The big thing was they offered me a scholarship. Everything else was a good fit. I loved the coaches, facilities and atmosphere.

"I went up there last week for my official visit. I went up there during the season for an unofficial visit with the old staff. I enjoyed every second I was with the new staff. I am very glad I get to spend the next five years with them. They are very good coaches."

"When I met with coach Gill he was basically trying to get me to go there. He was very excited when I told him I would. He talked to me about the program and where he wants it to go.

"I met with my position coach, coach Buddy Wyatt. He is a great guy. He is just like the other coaches. After the time I spent with him I am really looking forward to working with him one-on-one. I wasn't going to go to a school if I didn't like my position coach. I am excited to be playing for him."

The travel distance from home is a plus for the future Jayhawk, and he is impressed with the academics as well.

"It's real close to home for me," Lewandowski said. "It's only a 45 minute drive. It's a great campus. Everything is close together. I had a chance to meet with a couple of Engineering professors. I plan to major in Civil Engineering.

"They answered a few questions and talked about the school itself. They had nothing but good things to say. They were honest guys, and they support student athletes. They understand the time we have to spend with football and everything else."

The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder was recruited by Kansas as a defensive end. He recorded 53 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, six sacks, five quarterback hurries and three tipped passes during the 2009 season. He was awarded second team All-League for his performance.

"I would say I am quick off the ball," he stated. "I never give up on plays. I go hard play after play. The coaches said I have good flexibility, and they like my motor.

Lewandowski knows areas to improve during the off-season.

"I would like to get in the weight room and improve my strength," he explained. "I would like to really work on my strength and speed. I feel like I am a little slow. I would like to put on some weight before the season and be able to hold my own against the bigger offensive linemen."

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