2018 Prestonwood Christian defensive back Jeremiah Lewis got his first offer from SMU following a camp at SMU this past weekend, where the staff liked what they saw from the rising junior.
Following stretching, agility drills, 1-on-1s and 7-on-7, Lewis was taken up to Chad Morris' office where he was offered.
"They told me in coach Morris' office with coach Loepp and they told me they are going to offer me. They were telling me they liked how I played and to be patient with the recruiting process. They want me to be patient and view all of my options," Lewis said.
Lewis was caught off guard by SMU offering, but he's "blessed" to get that first offer.
"I was kind of in shock. That was my first one so I didn't know what to expect. I tried to play it cool, but inside I was really excited to just get that experience. I'm still kind of in shock after it."
Loepp and Lewis have been talking since December and have been building a relationship since then. The SMU secondary coach visited Lewis this spring and likes Lewis' versatility.
"I like his passion for the game and the way he coaches. He loves to coach you hard and not sugarcoat anything," Lewis said. "He just loves how I'm always around the ball and make plays and stuff like that."
During his brief interaction with Morris, Lewis was impressed with Morris and the direction SMU is headed.
"He seems nice and a little more laid back than coach Loepp. He's a great coach and has great ideas for how to run the program," Lewis said. "He makes it known that he's about making me a better man over football."
Lewis was also impressed by the tour he got and the future plans for SMU's facilities.
"It was a nice tour. They're building a new 100-yard indoor facility so that's nice. I really liked their locker room. It's a nice city and right down the road from me in Plano. It's very nice."
Tulsa, UTSA, Tulane and Arkansas State have all shown interest in Lewis so far.
As far as picking a college, academics will be key in Lewis' decision along with his bonds with the coaching staff.