This summer at the B2G Elite Camp at Cal Lutheran many top prospects from southern California worked out and impressed the coaches but only Robert Lewis earned such a unique nickname that it might stick for years: The Human Joystick.
Lewis is a 5-foot-10, 155-pound all-purpose back from South Gate (Calif.) South East who's in the 2012 class but has already picked up a verbal offer from SMU and should receive more interest when his junior season starts.
"I like to call him my Reggie Bush," South East assistant coach Juan Carrera said. "He has a lot of finesse to his running. He has natural talent, something that can't be taught. He has beautiful cuts.
"He's a great kid. If you look at the kid you can see there is something special about him. It's indescribable but he has that glare of something special within him.
"He's going to grab a lot more attention. A lot of schools said the reason they haven't offered or shown a lot of interest yet is because he was only a sophomore becoming a junior."
Lewis rushed for 1,085 yards in his sophomore season, oftentimes making big gains out of nothing and making electric moves to elude tacklers. He's also used in the passing game and on special teams so Lewis can be used in multiple ways.
Baylor, Cal Poly and Portland State have been in contact with Carrera about Lewis but more programs are expected to get interested early this season.
After his showing as a sophomore and his outstanding play at the B2G Camp it's expected a lot of colleges will get involved with the Los Angeles prospect.
There is early interest in SMU but Carrera said Lewis is still doing his research on that team. Leaving California is not a problem at all so Lewis is expected to keep a close eye on SMU since it was the first major program to send a verbal offer.
"His interest right now since he's young he wants to take a look at (SMU) and learn more about it because he's not too familiar with that school yet," Carrera said. "He knows who they are and knows they're Division I. He likes the fact that he's going out of state more than anything.
"That's one of the major things because that's one of the things we discussed with him and his family about going out of state. He said whoever offers and gives me that opportunity I'll be more than happy to take it."