WHITEWATER (WKOW)-- Moving from one conference rival to another, Evan Lewandowski never predicted this outcome.
"It's definitely crazy," Lewandowski said. "I never pictured myself in a different uniform in the same conference."
After two years at UW- La Crosse, he did picture himself in a different uniform, but it was that of the University of Maryland.
"It was the school that I felt most comfortable with," Lewandowski said. "It was the highest level that reached out to me."
He announced his decision to become a Terrapin May 1.
Soon after, Maryland added University of Alabama transfer Taulia Tagovailoa, younger brother of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The addition pushed Lewandowski farther down the line for playing time.
He re-entered the transfer portal a month later.
"Just looking into the future at my next two years," Lewandowski said. "I have two years left of football, and I want to be able to play the most I can and you know compete at a high level."
That's where he says the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater fits in.
"You know you're going to be the top of the WIAC every year and compete for national titles."
Coach Bullis was the first to reach out, and after some good conversations, Lewandowski announced his decision to transfer to UW-Whitewater on July 6.
"I'm 100 percent bought into the system and going to go attack it," Lewandowski said.
NCAA rules require a one-year residency at the institution before an athlete is eligible to participate in athletics. Even though this upcoming fall season is canceled, it will count, and there are some positives in his case.
"I get to work with the wide receivers that I wouldn't be throwing to in the fall and would have to wait until the spring, but now I get a full year with them," Lewandowski said.
From La Crosse, to Maryland, to Whitewater Lewandowski is finally feeling at home.