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Two early visits for three-star commit

Robert Lewis committed to SMU in February but the South Gate (Calif.) South East running back has always said he'd like to take other visits. With the start of the college football season right around the corner, Lewis has started to book some trips.
The 5-foot-9, 155-pound prospect will visit Ole Miss first and then take a trip to Oregon in the early part of the season. Visits to SMU and Colorado are being strongly considered for late in the year and then Lewis will wait on his fifth trip.
Utah could be a possible destination but South East assistant coach Juan Carrera said Lewis would like to wait a few weeks to see if any Pac-12 schools get involved in his recruitment. Washington, UCLA, USC, Arizona and Arizona State are all showing interest.
"He wants to wait for the first couple weeks to see if he's going to get any new offers," Carrera said.
Lewis' first two visits could be important. Ole Miss continues to recruit Lewis hard and the coaching staff has apparently told him he reminds them of former Rebels star Dexter McCluster.
"They're coming after him hard," Carrera said. "One of his goals is to play in the SEC. He likes the level of competition that's out there. One of his main things is to go play there."
Oregon has also offered, according to Carrera, at least since the last time he's talked with assistant coach Don Pellum. A trip to Eugene could solidify Lewis' recruiting status so that is also an important visit for the three-star recruit.
"From the last time I spoke to coach Pellum he said the offer still stood," Carrera said. "That was about two months ago. When we spoke to coach he said they've offered."
Rivals.com rates Lewis as the No. 10 all-purpose back in the 2012 class and No. 52 in the California state rankings. Lewis took an unofficial visit to SMU this summer when he was in Dallas for the Badger Sport 7-on-7 championship.