Norco Running Back Pledges to Sun Devils

Deantre Lewis has been concentrating only on Pac-10 schools during his recruitment, and ultimately chose Arizona State over his conference foes. Devils Digest talked to Lewis' head coach, Todd Gerhart, about his running back's decision.

"Lewis is a very fast running back," Gerhart said, "He's six feet 196 pounds so he's a very strong player. He always runs a 4.4, and coach (Bryce) Erickson said will go ‘coast to coast.' He's not a shifty guy like Ryan Bass, who I coached against, and has a different running style."

Gerhart indicated that Lewis just came back from an unofficial visit to Oregon, and was in Tempe a couple of weekends ago. "Oregon State and UCLA were other schools he was considering," Gerhart stated. "It's just that a lot of other schools were interested in him as an athlete, either as a corner or a running back.

"But when coach Erickson visited him he said that he liked him as a running back and that probably helped. We also already have three players at ASU, plus the guys from (Corona) Centennial that play for ASU, so we have a lot of hometown guys and there's some comfort there."

Lewis had a strong junior year for Norco, helping them to the CIF-SS Inland Division semifinals. His best game was a 321-yard, six touchdown outburst against J.W. North.

Lewis is the second verbal commitment in ASU's 2010 recruiting class.

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