Lewis nearly commits to Washington State

Robert Lewis (Los Angeles, Calif./Southeast) took an official visit to Washington State over the weekend. The athlete didn’t commit on the trip, but said he came very close several times.

Lewis played mostly running back in high school but is being recruited primarily as a slot receiver. He was an early commit to SMU but recently decommitted and is now looking at other options.

“I had a great visit, and I really loved it there,” Lewis said. “In fact, I had the itch to commit several times but decided I wanted to wait things out and take the rest of my visits. Washington State has everything I’m looking for, though. Coach [Mike] Leach is a great guy and a great offensive minded football coach.

“They have great facilities and are committed to building them up even more. Pullman is a real cool place and it’s a nice college town. On the plane ride over, it looked like I was flying in to the middle of nowhere but then you get there and I loved the city and the atmosphere. The people are great and there’s a lot of school pride there. Of course the offense is another big pull and I love how they plan to use me. They want me in the slot catching a lot of balls and returning punts and kicks, too.”

One of Lewis’ close friends, Gabriel Marks, visited and did commit to the Cougars on the trip. That’s another big plus for Washington State.

“Me and Gabe are real close,” Lewis said. “Having him there is huge because if I went there. I would have someone I’m close with and that I’m comfortable with. I know I would meet people no matter where I went, but it would be great to play with Gabe for sure and we would make a good combination.

“I’m supposed to visit Oregon this week, but I’m waiting to hear back from Coach [Gary] Campbell. If that falls through, I’ll probably visit Texas Tech. They’re coming over Wednesday for a home visit and I’m looking at San Diego State as well but Washington State is definitely my leader.”