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More schools involved with Lewis

Robert Lewis continues to amaze people with his running ability and athleticism this season and now even more programs are taking notice of the 2012 running back from South Gate (Calif.) South East.
Lewis, a 5-foot-10, 155-pound speedster, scored late in the fourth quarter last weekend to force overtime and then made a big stop in the extra session to secure the win.
South East assistant coach Juan Carrera said Nebraska, Colorado, Washington and Oregon are showing interest and that it's especially exciting because Lewis has so much potential to become a star player.
"It's something else," Carrera said. "It's a blessing. Especially after his last game against Bell last week when we were down 7-0 and he wasn't having a great game. There were seconds left in the game. They punted the ball off to us and the opposing team surrounded the ball.
"Robert pretended he was going out of bounds. No one saw him. He went in-between someone's legs, grabbed the ball when nobody was looking and returned the ball 80 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 7.
"We went into overtime, we scored three plays later, and then we held their team to a fourth-and-3 and Robert came over the top and just blocked it down. It's incredible to see a guy with that much potential."
SMU has already offered Lewis, who excelled at numerous camps last summer, and UCLA has also gotten involved.
Lewis has visited the Westwood campus a few times but his recruitment is still in the early stages. Cal Poly, Fresno State, Idaho, Oregon State and San Jose State are also in the mix.
"He hasn't done any unofficial visits yet," Carrera said. "He has been on the UCLA campus a couple times. That's probably the closest he's gotten.
"Based on the conversations we've had, he's ready to go anywhere that offers him a free education. He's interested in going far enough where it's close but close enough to come back."
Lewis has around 600 rushing yards this season. He's also used in the passing game where he's averaging more than 12 yards per reception.
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