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KU lands sleeper in CB Taylor Lewis

Per his high school coach, defensive back Taylor Lewis (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) has verbally committed to Kansas.

According to DeSoto coach Claude Mathis, Lewis gave the Jayhawks his verbal pledge on Friday. A 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback, Lewis was recruited by KU recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello and defensive coordinator Dave Campo.

Lewis was a backup cornerback last season to Jalen Mills and Bryson Echols -- who went to LSU and Texas, respectively. With a strong spring showing and a solid performance at KU’s Friday Night Lights camp in June, Lewis was offered a scholarship.

“I think they’re getting a very, very good player,” Mathis said of Lewis. “Most of all, he’s very good academically, but he also is very good on the field. He’s a workaholic; he works his butt. They’re not getting a slacker.

“Coach Campo and Coach Ianello did a great job of recruiting him. Coach Ianello saw him first, and when Coach Campo saw him, he loved him. He passes the eyeball test, but he had a great spring, and that’s why his name is getting out there.”

Lewis is Kansas’ sixth commitment of the 2013 recruiting class.