After his senior season at Augustus Hawkins High School (Los Angeles) ended, Robert Lewis never stopped working. When the Broncos didn't retain defensive backs coach Julius Brown, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound athlete kept his head down and continued improving his craft.
Lewis affirms that he is a Bronco, through and through.
"I never had a chance to play for (Brown), but I met him a couple of times," he said. "But he's a good guy and he'll land on his feet.
"I'm just ready to head to Boise to play football."
Lewis, a three-star recruit who committed to the Broncos in June, has enjoyed having his future home decided months before signing day. Without that weight on his shoulders, he has been able to focus on getting better.
"The football grind hasn't really stopped for me ever since the season ended," he said. "I'm constantly in the weight room and doing different types of speed, agility and football workouts. There's always something I need to improve on."
As many other verbal commits in Boise State's 2016 recruiting class have stated, Lewis enjoys the camaraderie and relationships he and his fellow future Broncos are forming. Even with coaching departures, Lewis maintains the BSU is what it is, regardless of who is on the sidelines.
"All of our bonds are very strong," he said. "Most of us met on our official visit and we have learned a lot about each other through text messages and on Twitter. It's a great feeling heading to a school with an incoming class of great teammates."
Hailing from the same area as Boise State defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, a man who has overcome a lot to become who he is today, Lewis is looking forward to learning and growing under him. He sees Yates as a mentor.
"Coach Yates is a great person," Lewis said. "I have not been coached up by him, but from my perspective he's going to show me new techniques and show me what it takes to be a great player."
Future teammates and coaches, and an established, winning culture are all part of what has Lewis looking forward to signing with the Broncos on Feb. 3.
"Everything about Boise State makes me feel so comfortable and welcomed," he said. "The great vibes, the campus, the players, the fan base and the coaching staff; committing to them was the best decision.
I feel the coaching staff and future teammates will prepare me for a great future, whether it's making it to the NFL or having a great career. Boise State has a great tradition with its football program."
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