Grayshirting Lewis has packed on pounds

ROBERT LEWIS, the promising but light-weight wideout who is grayshirting this season, arrives in Pullman today for his first trip to the Palouse since committing to Washington State nearly 10 months ago. And the question heading into the weekend isn't whether or not he's still planning to be a Coug. It's whether Mike Leach will recognize the 5-11 speedster from southern California?

"I've put on right around 20 pounds," Lewis told this week. "When I was there for my official visit in January, I was a little under 140, but right now I'm at about 157. I changed up my workouts and I've been happy with the results so far. It just gets me excited to workout in college because I'm sure I can get bigger and in better shape there."

Lewis said he's had Jan. 7, 2013 circled on his calendar for months. It will be the day he moves to Pullman for the spring semester, which commences Jan. 9. Spring football practices are expected to start in March.

The South East high product said he has been hard at work with prep coach Juan Carrera to be physically ready for college ball.

Carrera has been focusing on Lewis' footwork and agility, but the two have been hitting the weights as well. Lewis said different sprint workouts have helped him maintain his speed while adding the pounds. He runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds.

"I can feel the difference in my form and the way I run," Lewis said. "It's been a great process and I think it's helped me get ready for the next level. We've been changing my workouts consistently to help me develop and I don't think I've lost any quickness."

Lewis grayshirted this season, which means he's free in February to sign again with any school he wants. And there have been rumblings on cyber space that he is looking at other schools. Although SMU, Texas Tech and others have continued to recruit Lewis, he said it never crossed his mind to consider them.

"They told me I would be grayshirting before I even committed," Lewis said. "I knew I wanted to be a Cougar and I accepted the coach's decision of me starting late. I was getting looked at by some other schools, but I told them I was 100 percent committed to the Cougs and I was set on playing for Coach Leach."

Lewis, who will line up in the slot for the Cougs, has kept in close contact with WSU inside receivers coach Eric Morris and outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons, who traveled to South Gate a few weeks ago to visit Lewis.

"They've been telling me they can't wait for me to get to Pullman and that they think I can play a big role in the spread offense," Lewis said. Both coaches have told me I can call them with any questions and we always talk. They're both great coaches who show interest in their players."

As for his trip this weekend, Lewis said he's excited to visit Martin Stadium, but he's more enthused about spending time with his future teammates and getting a feel for the team vibe.

"I can't wait to see what the crowd is like and get a feel for the game atmosphere as well," Lewis said. "When I was there for my first official visit, the new coaches had just arrived so everything was kind of rushed. I'm just looking forward to meeting everyone and seeing what the college life is like. I'm hoping we can get a win too. That's what I'm looking to see."

As a prep senior in 2011 he was named division, league and regional player of the year after racking up 3,095 all-purpose yards and 36 TDs. He gained 2,023 yards on the ground, another 338 on 20 pass receptions, 461 on kickoff returns and 273 on punt returns. He led South East to the City Section Division II championship and a 13-1 record.

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