Robert Lewis took his official visit to Utah this weekend and loved it, setting the stage for other trips as the South Gate (Calif.) South East all-purpose back and SMU commit keeps looking at all his options.
The Utah trip went well for Lewis, a dynamic 5-foot-9, 155-pound prospect who's rated No. 10 at his position and No. 52 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com.
"He loved it," South East assistant coach Juan Carrera said. "He had a great time out there. I picked him up at the airport around 12:30 and he said he had a very good time out there.
"I didn't get to talk to him a lot in detail but the main things he mentioned were the players and the staff. He felt really comfortable out there and he said the players treated him like he was part of the team already. He said the hospitality they showed was incredible."
Lewis, a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, committed to SMU in February but Carrera said Lewis and Mustangs assistant coach Adrian Klemm had an understanding that he would take other visits.
An official trip to SMU is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 3 or Dec. 10 depending on how far South East progresses in the playoffs. Trips to San Diego State, Colorado and Washington State are also being planned.
Ole Miss had offered and was continuing to recruit Lewis but after coach Houston Nutt was fired earlier this month the Rebels have not been in contact. They have slipped a little in his recruitment.
As for visits, Carrera said Lewis wants to weigh out all his options, see what schools recruit him the hardest, take some trips and then make a final decision. His commitment to SMU still stands but other programs are still pushing Lewis to switch.
"He's keeping his options open," Lewis said.
"He and coach Klemm did have an agreement that even though he was committed it was OK for him to take his trips. He's taking his trips to see what's out there for him."