One of the top 2012 running backs in southern California is Robert Lewis and he had another big game this past weekend with three touchdowns and 280 all-purpose yards.
Lewis, a 5-foot-10, 155-pounder who's earned the nickname "The Human Joystick", continues to make it look easy against tough competition and his coaches at South Gate (Calif.) South East have kept the goals high for their star running back.
Each week, they give Lewis rushing and receiving goals and also how many touchdowns they expect him to score. The marks were 150, 150 and three, respectively, prior to South East's 42-0 win over Santee, Calif., last weekend and although he didn't hit those numbers he came really close.
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"He's really elevating his level of competitiveness," South East assistant coach Juan Carrera said. "That's one thing we noticed that his work ethic has really increased and his goals have really increased from what he wants to achieve each game.
"We put together a rushing goal, a receiving goal and the number of touchdowns and he puts the sticker on the top of his helmet so it always sits on the top of his head. It's a method I've used in the past and I used it with him this time."
Lewis finished with 104 rushing yards on six carries and he scored on a 55-yard punt return, a 70-yard reception and a 55-yard run. With his early success, Lewis is also enjoying increased attention from college coaches.
Oregon State and Oregon are the two latest schools to get involved with Lewis, who has an early verbal offer from Southern Methodist and recently started to hear lots more from UCLA.
Fresno State, Cal Poly, Idaho and San Jose State have also been in contact. South East visits Gardena, Calif., this weekend.
"He's making plays," Carrera said. "They were calling him The Human Joystick so I guess that's what he's doing. He's been pretty good.
"He also received a letter from Oregon State stating he's one of their top recruits in the 2012 class. I've noticed within the last two weeks there are more letters of interest coming in."