Robert Lewis committed to SMU in late February but that doesn't mean other programs are going to slow down recruiting the South Gate (Calif.) South East all-purpose back who's one of the top players in Southern California's 2012 recruiting class.
A new, big offer has arrived.
Oregon has offered Lewis, a 5-foot-10, 155-pound prospect who's included in the Rivals 250 to watch list for 2012. The Ducks' coaching staff has shown interest in Lewis but South East assistant coach Juan Carrera said Friday the offer did catch Lewis a little by surprise.
"We just found out this morning," Carrera said. "He was getting a lot of letters from them and we sent a lot of film over there and I had spoken to one of the coaches, Don Pellum, in regards to his recruitment and he did say they would be analyzing his film at the end of February.
"We haven't spoken to Oregon yet about the offer. I know they spoke to our head coach last week and they were talking to him about offering Robert so I spoke to the head coach today in regards to what they said and he said they spoke for about an hour."
Lewis, who rushed for 901 yards and 11 touchdowns on 118 carries this season, told Carrera while he remains committed to SMU he will look at his other options and at least consider Oregon moving forward. In his sophomore season, Lewis rushed for 1,090 yards and seven scores.
Since the offer just came through, it's still too early to tell what Lewis will do. But he remains committed to the Mustangs while investigating his options.
"It caught him by surprise more than anything to get an offer of that caliber," Carrera said. "What he said is that he's committed to SMU and as of right now he's interested in looking at what else is out there but his commitment is to SMU. He was real happy about the Oregon offer.
"He's going to look at his options just to see what else is out there for him but he's still committed to SMU."