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August 6, 2012

JUCO receiver commits to Utah

It's been a strong week for the Utah offense on the recruiting front. Utah added another wide receiver to its 2013 recruiting class on Monday, as Diablo Valley Community College receiver Andre Lewis committed to the Utes.

Lewis, who also holds offers from Arizona State, Texas Tech, Nevada and Fresno State, decided that Utah was the best fit for him after consulting with his family. "I decided to go to Utah. I talked a lot to my brother and my dad about it. It's close to home, but it's a different environment for me. I like the change," he said. "Coach Tuiaki and the coaches are great people to talk to. They also have some of my majors that I'm interested in at the school. The school is pretty good."

Utah tight ends coach Ilaisa Tuiaki is Lewis' primary recruiter, and has done a good job building a relationship with the 6-foot-4 inch, 215 pound wideout. "He's a good dude. He's a good man. I like him a lot. We try to talk on a daily basis. When we talk on the phone, there's always a good connection between us. He makes sure I'm on top of all of my classes. When he talks to me, it's all about handling business and still having fun," he explained.

Lewis is a big receiving threat that has learned to use his size despite only playing football since his senior year in high school. The former basketball star has made a strong transition to the football field and led Diablo Valley in receiving yards, yards per catch and was second on the team in receiving touchdowns as a true freshman. Lewis finished the year with 32 catches for 411 yards and five touchdowns.

Lewis believes that he has what it takes to be a standout Pac-12 receiver for the Utes. "As a receiver, my biggest strength is my size. It's hard to get me down. I'm a pretty big, athletic receiver. My hand and eye coordination is good. I 'm good at jumping for the ball, and I use a lot of my basketball abilities on the football field. I'm a big target," he said.

According to Lewis, his skills translate well to the offensive schemes that Utah runs. "I feel like I'll fit in great. I know right now they have a lot of big outside receivers, and I'm looking to go in there and help the team spread the field out. I feel like I'll be a great asset to the team and the players will like my personality," he said.


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