May 15, 2006
Sleeper prospect emerging in San Antonio
The month of May means many things to many people that follow sports. For some, it's the month when the NBA finally gets interesting. For others, it's Indy 500 time. However, for fans of football recruiting, this is the month when "sleepers" emerge as household names.
After months of thinking that you've got the recruiting game all figured out, previously unknown prospects emerge as potential stars of tomorrow.
One such player in the Lone Star State this year is San Antonio (Texas) lee running back Travis Lewis. The 6-2, 213-pound Lewis missed most of last season, but his name has become a buzzword in recruiting circles in recent weeks.
"It's been great," Lee said this past weekend when asked about the recruiting process. "I was under the radar big time because I only played in four games. My stats weren't really high enough to get me known, so I've made sure that I've gone to as many camps as possible to help make a name for myself. I'm finally getting a lot of attention from colleges."
Most of the attention stems from his performance at the Texas A&M Nike Training Camp in April where he posted a sub 4.40 40-yard dash time in front of dozens of college coaches.
Once an unknown, now Lewis has become a talent that every school that recruits Texas must inspect first hand.
"I've heard from Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, UTEP and Rice," Lewis said. Bob Stoops called me and told me that I could play there if I wanted. UTEP, Missouri and Rice have all offered. Oklahoma State has said they are going to come by this week and offer."
One school that has not yet joined the fray in recruiting Lewis is Texas. With the Longhorns sitting at 19 current commitments and only three to four more scholarships to hand out, Lewis would appear to be a long shot at this stage of the game.
"Texas is the only school in the state of Texas that I haven't yet heard from," Lewis said.
As far as favorites are concerned, Lewis said that he's told every school that is recruiting him the same thing.
"I've told every school that I don't have any favorites," Lewis said. 'I'm just a fan of football. If there's a game on TV, I'm going to watch it. Everyone is the same right now."
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