UCLA Gets Late 2011 Commitment

Kyle Lewis, the 6-1, 185-pound prospect from Downey, who played running back and defensive back in high school and was considered one of the best all-around football "athletes" in the nation, came out of just about nowhere this spring to give UCLA a verbal commitment recently...

kyle lewis, a safety/athlete, verbally committed to UCLA, according to many sources.

It's not a matter that Lewis was offered a scholarship back in winter. UCLA Head Coach Rick Neuheisel just offered him in late April Reportedly, so did many Pac-12 schools, such as Oregon and Washington.

It's unusual to have a player who had offers like Lewis verbally commit in April. Reportedly, Lewis had academic issues, and it took until this spring for him to be NCAA eligible, and UCLA eligible.

Lewis got attention nationally in April of 2010 when he finished first among 1,200 athletes in Nike's SPARQ competition in Long Beach. SPARQ is an athletic testing criteria, and at the time of his performance he posted the #1 SPARQ score in the nation. Lewis then went on to the national SPARQ finals where he finished fifth Among some excellent athletic testing results, Lewis ran a 4.49 in the 40. p> His recruitment skyrocketed, but schools backed off when they saw he had a great deal of work to do academically.

For his senior season, he then earned All-CIF first-team honors, amassing 1,200 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns.

He continued to work on his academics and when it appeared he would qualify academically for the NCAA, the Pac-12 reignited their interest in him.

He then decided UCLA was the place for him.

"I've always been a Bruins fan," Lewis told the Downey Patriot. "My dad is a huge Bruins fan, plus it's in Los Angeles, so I'm staying close to home. I love the campus, the traditions and the environment. It's a great place."

UCLA projects him as a free safety, but Lewis says he'll come into the UCLA program as an athlete.

Lewis will sign a Grant-in-Aid in June after he graduates.

Bruin Report Online Top Stories