Following a strong performance against arguably the nation's top pass rusher in the 2013 Outback Bowl, Michigan junior offensive tackle Taylor Lewan refused to shed light on his football future after the game.
The 6'8, 309-pound lineman is viewed as one of the top offensive line prospects in the pool of 2013 draft-eligible prospects, but told Kyle Meineke of MLive.com that he plans to meet with teammates before actually revealing his decision.
"It's not fair to my team to tell y'all, then not tell them," Lewan said. "I'll address the team, then we'll do whatever (sports information director) Justin Dickens, Coach Hoke wants to do and how he wants to let that out to the public."
Lewan told reporters that his decision was already made up before his team's bowl game, and said on Tuesday that he wants to enjoy a trip to Baton Rouge with teammate Drew Dileo before coming back home to Michigan. And with scouts transfixed on the salivating 1-on-1 matchup between Lewan and South Carolina sophomore end Jadeveon Clowney for much of Tuesday's game, the talented offensive lineman may have boosted his stock after holding his own against a player who may wind up being selected No. 1 overall in 2014.
Along with how unlikely it appears that Lewan would hold a formal announcement to reveal his intention to return to college, the massive offensive tackle may not have nearly enough to gain monetarily by coming back for a final season. The Wolverines should enter the year as one of the Big Ten's top squads once again, but right now it's difficult to imagine that a dominant force like Lewan will be in a maize and blue uniform next fall.