Cougs in lead for another receiver

ROBERT LEWIS, the three-star wide receiver from southern California and one-time SMU verbal commit, took his second official to Washington State over the weekend and returned home with a new favorite.

The South East High product from south of Los Angeles said his experience in Pullman almost made him commit to their program.

"I thought about committing to their program several times while I was there," said Lewis, who recently decommitted from SMU. "It was a great experience, everyone was so nice. It was just a real college town."

WSU already has three receivers -- all, like Lewis, from California -- on its list of verbal commits. They are 4-star Gabriel Marks, the No. 39-ranked wideout prospect in the nation; 3-star Alex Jackson and 2-star Brett Bartolone.

All three of them were in Pulllman on official trips this past weekend along with Lewis and seven other prospects.

While pastoral Cougar country is the polar opposite of his urban hometown, Lewis said, "It was pretty different up there, but it was fun playing in the snow. I can definitely see myself there."

Lewis described what he likes best about Washington State.

"Their program is on the rise and the whole coaching staff is really cool," explained Lewis. "I really like the style of offense Mike Leach runs, because he gets the ball to the receivers a lot, so I would get a lot of touches."

While in Pullman, Lewis had a chance to sit down with Coach Leach.

"He thinks I am a good player and thinks I would fit in well with their program," said Lewis.

Lewis described his plan leading up to Signing Day.

"I will take two final visits before making my decision, but as of now Washington State is on top," said Lewis. "I am thinking about taking a trip to either Oregon, Texas Tech or San Diego State. The coaches from Texas Tech are coming down to visit me on Wednesday so I am going to talk with them about taking an official."

Until recently, Lewis has been committed to SMU. Lewis described his current status with the Mustangs and says he hasn't ruled them out completely.

"Even though I de-committed from SMU, I am still interested in their program. I just wanted to free myself to see what other options existed for me," said Lewis.

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