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Robert Lewis checks out Utah

11/15/2011

Robert Lewis (Los Angeles, Calif./Southeast) took an official visit to Utah over the weekend and although still committed to SMU, the athlete said the Utes gave him a lot to think about.

Lewis is one of the most dynamic players in the West and is a strong contender for state player of the year honors. He’s being recruited as a receiver/running back but the Utes actually like him on the defensive side of the ball, which is very intriguing to Lewis.

“I had a great trip and really liked Utah a lot,” Lewis said. “I had a great time with the players, the coaches, and the game atmosphere was a lot of fun. It snowed there and that was the first time I had ever seen snow before so that was pretty cool. Even with the cold weather, the place was still sold out and the fans were crazy. The coaches said they have sold out every home game for the last three years and they really get great fan support.

“They’re actually recruiting me more for corner but said I could play some on offense too. My heart has always been on offense but if it gets me on the field faster, I wouldn’t mind playing defense at all. They said they need corners and I could play early and then also get action returning kicks so I’m pretty interested in all that.”

Lewis said his relationship with the Utes players was another big selling point.

“I got along great with all the players and they made me feel like part of the team already,” Lewis said. “Lucky Radley was my host the first night I was there and I already knew him a little and he really likes it there. He talked to me a lot about the school and the football program and answered a lot of questions I had.

“I’m still committed to SMU, but Utah definitely gave me a lot to think about it. To be honest, if signing day was tomorrow, I’m not sure what I would do, I liked Utah that much. I still have more visits to take and I have SMU set for (Dec. 2). I also want to visit Colorado, Oregon and Washington State and do unofficial visits to Fresno State and San Diego State. I’ll make my final decision close to signing day.”