Robert Lewis had long contemplated his recruitment and even considered taking other official visits in the final weeks before National Signing Day but Wednesday the South Gate (Calif.) South East all-purpose back came to a conclusion: Washington State was right for him.
The 5-foot-9, 155-pound three-star prospect decided to commit to the Cougars ending his recruitment once and for all. A trip to San Diego State this weekend won't happen and Lewis is finished.
"He thought things over and he and his family came to the conclusion that Washington State was the right place for him," South East assistant coach Juan Carrera said. "He had considered all his options and thought it was the best one."
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SMU, Utah, San Diego State and many other programs were pursuing Lewis, who finished with 2,023 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns in his senior season. South East finished 13-1.
Rivals.com rates him as the No. 10 all-purpose back and No. 44 prospect in the California state rankings.
Lewis had been committed to SMU but reopened things and after taking a visit to Washington State last weekend it became clear that the Cougars had made strides in his recruitment.
Carrera said Lewis' trip to Pullman and his talks with first-year coach Mike Leach were major factors in his decision-making process.
"Robert loved the college atmosphere in Pullman and everything that offers," Carrera said.
"He also liked sitting down and talking to coach Leach. He liked all the things coach Leach has done in the past and how he said they're going to use him on offense. He felt it was the best fit for him."