SMU offered Robert Lewis in the summer but the South Gate (Calif.) South East all-purpose back wanted to wait a while to see where his recruitment was headed.
Recently, Colorado offered the 5-foot-10, 155-pound prospect and many other programs were starting to show increased interest but after talking more with SMU's coaching staff and researching the school a little further, Lewis decided to end his recruitment with a commitment to the Mustangs.
"A couple things stood out to Robert about SMU," South East assistant coach Juan Carrera said.
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"He really liked how he was going to be used in the offense, he had a good relationship with coach (Adrian) Klemm and he liked the academic side of things at SMU."
Klemm, SMU's offensive line coach, has struck in Los Angeles again. Last recruiting cycle, Klemm was one of the main recruiters when the Mustangs landed four-star defensive end Davon Moreland out of Los Angeles Salesian. He was the only four-star recruit in SMU's class.
Getting Lewis, who participated in the U.S. Army National Combine in January, is a big pickup.
In his junior season, the South East standout rushed for 901 yards and 11 touchdowns on 118 carries. As a sophomore, he finished with 1,090 yards and seven scores. He's also used in the passing game and on special teams.
UCLA, Cal Poly, Fresno State, Idaho, Oregon State, San Jose State and others were involved in Lewis' recruitment. But SMU won out when he committed to the Mustangs on Friday.
"He is really excited about it," Carrera said. "He really likes the offense there and thinks he can be a valuable player for them."