Lewis Talks About UCLA Commitment

Downey (Calif.) safety Kyle Lewis, a 2011 prospect, makes a late commitment to UCLA, but has some work to do to be able to enroll in time for the fall...

Downey (Calif.) safety Kyle Lewis (6-1, 190) missed Signing Day in February while he waited to get his academics in order.

With an improvement across the board, including full NCAA qualifying numbers, Lewis waited for offers to materialize.

Last week, he had a conversation with UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel, and Lewis got good news.

"I talked with Coach Neuheisel the day before the Spring Game and he offered me a scholarship and I verbally committed to UCLA," said Lewis. "I committed on the spot actually. UCLA was always my favorite school, so I committed to them."

Lewis said he still has to do some work to be able to be a Bruin in time for the fall.

"I'm qualified for all the Pac-12 schools but Stanford, Cal and UCLA," said Lewis. "So Coach Neuheisel wants me to take the SAT a couple more times and I'm taking it on May 7th, so I can go to UCLA."

Lewis said that if his score is what Neuheisel said it needs to be, he'll be able to sign with the Bruins (which would be a grant-in-aid), and enroll in June.

"The score I need to get isn't far from the last score I got," said Lewis.

On the field, Lewis said the Bruins want him to come in and play safety.

He said his lack of qualifying grades last season kept him from being recruited.

"All of the Pac-12 schools were on me, and UCLA was on me too. Coach Reggie Moore was recruiting me but he got fired so I stopped hearing from them. A lot of other Pac-12 schools like Oregon and Washington were on me. I mean, I had the offers but I needed to do the work."

Lewis said that coaches love his athleticism, which was on display with a state-best and national best SPARQ rating which qualified him for the National Event in Beaverton last summer, where he finished fifth.

"My explosiveness and athleticism, schools were on me because of that and my quickness and speed," said Lewis.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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