Recruiting update: Whitney Lewis

Although <B>Whitney Lewis</B> plays his high school football in California, he said he might come back to his first home, Texas.

The 6-foot 1/2-inch, 215-pound receiver lived in Corpus Christi until he was 2-years-old, when his family moved to Ventura, Calif. Lewis said most of his family still lives in Texas, and that he used to watch the Horns play with his grandfather.

He last attended a Longhorns game about two years ago, he said. The large crowd at DKR excited him about possibly playing for Texas.

"It's crazy," Lewis said. "There are so many people, even at the high school games in Texas there are a lot of people. In Texas, football is a real big deal.

"And I like playing in front of big crowds."

If Lewis came to Texas, his freshman campaign would be the senior season for Roy Williams, B.J. Johnson and Sloan Thomas.

"That's what I like the most about coming to a school like that with a star receiver, the chance to fill his shoes," Lewis said. "If I came to Texas, I'd try my hardest to make people forget about Roy Williams. I'd want them to remember me."

Though Lewis said Texas intrigued him, he has eight schools on his wish list, and none of them have emerged as frontrunners. He listed Florida State, Miami, Washington, Oregon, USC, Michigan and Georgia, in addition to Texas.

Lewis visited USC this year, but has yet to make appearances on other campuses due to their distance from Ventura.

He did come back to Texas earlier this year to watch a high school All-Star game in San Antonio, but didn't get a chance to visit Austin.

Lewis said he will go to Stanford and Oregon this summer for camps, where he can improve his skills.

Currently he lists his size and speed (4.34 in the 40-yard dash) as his best qualities, but also added that coaches commend his route running.

"I have the ability to stop and go, and run good out-routes," Lewis said.

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