"Just a great coaching staff and a great environment, and this is a big change in scenery, so I liked that," Xavier Lewis said. "Coming out here and just looking at something new, it was a good experience."
When Charlie Strong first took the job and handed Louisiana to defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn, Vaughn went through the Pelican State seeking out playmaking athletes. He came across Lewis, and the two talked via phone and Twitter DM before inviting Lewis to the first Junior Day.
"This is the first time I got to really sit and talk with him," Lewis said. "(Vaughn liked) my physicality of press man. Me being a big playmaker, I can play both sides of the ball, so they liked my versatility."
Lewis said he also enjoyed finding out more about Vaughn, including what Vaughn expected as a coach.
"Just getting to know what he's all about and what his plan is for his DBs and what type of work ethic he wants out of his DBs and what kind of style they play on defense with coverages," Lewis said he looked at.
"It was very organized," Lewis said. "The overall message was if you come to Texas, you'll not only leave as a good football player, you'll leave as a better man. So that's what I liked."