Lewis fending off suitors

As one of the top running backs in California, Norco's Deantre Lewis has attracted a lot of attention during his senior year. Luckily for the Sun Devils, not only were they able to secure his commitment prior to the season but they also have gave him no reason to seriously consider any of Pac-10 programs that were and still are pursuing him.

"Oregon has been calling me a lot and they really want me over there," Lewis said. "They wanted me to de-commit from Arizona State and come visit them but I didn't want to do that. Oregon State and UCLA were calling me too but they haven't contacted me in a while.

"But I like the Arizona State coaches, the players they have there, the facilities. I really like Coach Bryce Erickson. He's expecting big things from me this year and I know he can make me a better player and get me to the next level. He's very enthusiastic about everything he does. There are some coaches you can trust and some you can't, and I really trust him."

The 5-10 186 Deantre Lewis collected 2,383 and 31 touchdowns, averaging just over 10 yards a carry for the 11-2 Norco Cougars. His team was edged 34-33 by Vista Murrieta in the CIF semifinals.

"It (the season) obviously didn't end the way I wanted it to," Lewis acknowledged. "But I know I gave it my all. I expected to have bigger numbers but I just made the most out of the opportunities my coaches gave me."

The running back who runs a 4.37 stated that his speed is his biggest asset. "I want to work on my power," he commented. "I want to get up to 195 pounds by the time I go to college."

Lewis and his teammate Carl Bradford, who also pledged to the maroon and gold, will take their official visit to Tempe this weekend. "Me and Carl are best friends," Lewis remarked. "It's really cool that we are both going to the same college."

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