While Robert Lewis (5’10/160) of South East High School in Los Angeles, Calif. is an SMU commit, he did receive an offer from McCluster’s SEC collegiate home of Ole Miss. Perhaps, the Rebels were experiencing the same double take that Scout’s national recruiting director, Scott Kennedy, was.
“On the high end, Lewis reminds me of someone like Dexter McCluster,” said Kennedy. “He is undersized, slight of frame, but fast and versatile. Like McCluster, Lewis plays running back in high school, but may be best as a receiver in college.”
Lewis runs a 4.5 40, just two-tenths of a second off from McCluster’s listed time in high school.
Over the weekend, Lewis led his all-star team to a big win at the first ever Big Man On Campus Passing Tournament in Carson, California, continuing an impressive junior campaign.
In 2010 Lewis was named First Team All-Eastern League and Second Team All-Los Angeles. He rushed for 1,090 yards in his junior season, a mere 110 yards from McCluster’s junior season in high school. Lewis had seven touchdowns on 142 carries and caught 14 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned two punts for touchdowns.
Lewis has found himself a nice place as an offensive force on the field. He is a dynamic player with blazing speed and colleges are noticing. He has offers from Oregon, Ole Miss, Utah, Colorado, San Diego State, Idaho, New Mexico State, and his favorite, SMU.
“SMU just feels right,” said Lewis. “I like the school. I like the coach. I love the spread offense. SMU is just a good fit overall.”
Lewis smiled while talking about how he and his family have handled the recruiting process.
“I am really excited about how everything is going,” said Lewis. “Football has been an important part of my family. We have all played, but I am the first to go to college to play. I have learned so much about the game from my family. It makes me so happy to see the smile on my dad’s face during the recruiting process.”
Lewis will continue to showcase his talents throughout the summer at 7v7 tournaments and camps. Lewis will head to the Badger National Championship with his all-star team in Dallas for a 7v7 tournament in a few weeks. He will also compete in ESPN’S Gridiron King Camp in July.
While Lewis remains committed to SMU, he’s left open the possibility that he could eventually land at another school. Whether it’s the Mustangs or another school, the team is sure to welcome the influx of speed and versatility that Lewis will bring.
Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy contributed to this report