Rob Lewis trip report

Rob Lewis, a 6-5, 210-pound athlete from Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair School visited Washington this weekend and enjoyed what he saw. The Huskies like Lewis as a linebacker, the position he played in high school, and talked to him about how he fits into their defense.

"They told me that, since I already played linebacker in high school, that's where I should play in college, so they like me as an outside linebacker," Lewis told Monday.

"I got a chance to meet all the coaches and had a position meeting with Coach (Cornell) Jackson, the linebackers coach. Coach (Randy) Hart, the defensive line coach, is a great guy. He's been there a while and been in the business a long time. And Coach Jackson was really straightforward and told me what he expects of me if I went there and how early I could expect to play. I got a good impression of the players up there but the coaches were the best."

Rick Neuheisel made a positive impression on Rob as well. "He told me that Washington would be a good place for me and that he's a hard coach, likes to work his players hard. I told him I want that. I need coaches to push me hard so I can get to the next level."

Lewis talked a little about his game and why Washington likes what he brings to the table. "They told me that most high school linebackers stay lateral, but I like to attack. They like how I react to the ball and move forward."

Rob's host on his visit was Matt Fountaine. "He's a great guy," Lewis said of the redshirt frosh CB from the Bay Area. "He told me that when he started talking with Washington all he heard about was how bad the weather was, but when he got there it wasn't that bad at all, wasn't cold at all either. He told me that college is a different experience from high school altogether."

And Lewis' take on the Northwest climate? "Well, it's not like in LA, that's for sure, but it wasn't that bad at all."

Rob mentioned visiting Neuheisel's house and checking out Husky Stadium as just a couple of his highlights. "And they fed us three meals a day," he said.

Lewis compared this visit to the one he took to Stanford. "At Stanford, they have the good academics, but at Washington they have good academics and a great football team and a stadium that sells out."

In the end, Rob's visit was close to perfection, but not quite. "I'd give it a 9, with a point off for the weather," he said with a laugh. He'll visit UCLA next weekend and then make his choice.

"At this point there's the three schools I'm looking at and that's it," he said. "Washington, Stanford and UCLA." The Bruins are meeting in-home with Rob and his family tonight and the Washington coaches are visiting Lewis tomorrow to meet his Mother.

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