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Lewis looking at all situations

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Robert Lewis is mainly focused on South Gate (Calif.) South East's playoff run but the three-star all-purpose back is also keeping a close eye on SMU's coaching situation and whether June Jones is headed elsewhere.
Wednesday was a strange day as Jones was rumored to be headed to Arizona State only to have the Sun Devils pull the offer and now it appears Jones is secure at SMU - for the time being.
Since the situation is so fluid, South East assistant coach Juan Carrera said Lewis is sitting back and waiting to see how things play out before he makes any further decisions on his commitment.
"One thing Robert and I spoke about is that he has to feel comfortable with the school," Carrera said. "He has to feel comfortable with the environment he's going to be in. At the end of the day, if they took football away from him he has to be in a place where he's going to get a solid education with a lot of alumni support.
"He was pretty solid on that. When he heard Jones was gone to Arizona State he was kind of excited because it is a Pac-12 school, it's a really good school and it was something he could be interested in. I asked him where he wanted to be academically and where he saw himself 10 years from now.
"He started to humble himself and look at the big picture and he said right now he doesn't really want to think about it. I told him to continue the system we're on. He's taking his trips and now he has an understanding that this whole college football arena is a business."
Lewis, who committed to SMU in February, is expected to visit San Diego State in January and there is some preliminary consideration to visit Washington State. Ole Miss seems out since coach Houston Nutt was fired and there was interest in Fresno State before coach Pat Hill was let go.
Lewis, who has rushed for 2,004 yards and 30 touchdowns so far this season, has also visited Utah already and lists other offers from Colorado, Idaho and New Mexico State.
Carrera said the plan moving forward is to be patient, take some visits and see how things play out. Only then will Lewis make his final choice on what's best for him.
"He has to make the best decision for him just like June Jones has to make the best decision for him," Carrera said.
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