Last weekend, UCLA tripped in New Orleans (La.) Redeemer-Seton receiver George Lewis (6-3 ½, 190) on an official visit and the one-time commit to Louisiana-Monroe gave a verbal to UCLA, even though he said it's not his official one.
"Yeah, I told them I was coming, but I'll probably decide in the next week to tell them it's for sure," said Lewis. "I need to talk with the coaches at Louisiana-Monroe and let them know."
Since Kirby Joseph signed with UCLA in 2002 (though he subsequently left the program), UCLA has brought in five additional players from the Bayou -- Chris Horton in 2003, Chris Markey, Aaron Meyer, Fred Holmes and Chris Johnson in 2004. Lewis would make it the seventh Louisiana native to come to Westwood.
Lewis said, "I really liked it there. There are just some of us who need to get out of New Orleans. My family supports my decision to leave New Orleans."
Lewis was hosted by Markey on his official visit. "Chris is real cool. I spent most of my time with him when I was there. I didn't get to meet the other guys from down here because they weren't around much. But I hit it off with Chris," said Lewis.
Lewis also got to meet with his chief recruiter, Eric Bieniemy, and head coach Karl Dorrell. "Coach Bieniemy and Coach Dorrell are like big brothers. They are just great coaches."
Lewis was a receiver the past two years before moving to quarterback this season. He eventually platooned at receiver as the season went on. "We didn't really have a quarterback who could get me the ball, and when I was playing quarterback, I couldn't play receiver. But I'm a receiver. I talked with Ben Olson when I was there and it would be great to catch the ball from a quarterback like him," said Lewis.
UCLA offered Lewis before he came on his trip, and aside from Louisiana-Monroe, he also had an offer from Arkansas State.
A gifted track athlete, Lewis runs four track events for Redeemer-Seton and wouldn't mind the opportunity to run in college. He runs the 4x100, the 4x200 and the 100 and 200. He ran the second leg on the 3rd place finisher in the State for the 4x100.
Lewis said he is has yet to achieve a qualifying test score on the SAT, and is awaiting his recent score.