Coach Matt Rhule was assigned the tall task of turning around Baylor’s program. As any good coach knows, recruiting matters, and because he knows that, Rhule immediately got to work on the recruiting trail. He took a class that held only one commitment, and added 26 more before Signing Day, which was roughly 2 months later.
One of those 26 signees was Houston safety Trevon Lewis. We reached out to Trevon, and he was gracious enough to talk to us about his recruitment, Coach Rhule, and Baylor football. And, from our short interaction, we could quickly tell that coach Rhule got a good one. Baylor fans should be excited about Lewis.
If you thought that maybe interim coach Jim Grobe has done some of the recruiting leg work for coach Rhule before hand, you would be wrong — at least in Lewis’ case. That was something we were curious about, but according to Lewis coach Rhule and his staff were the first to contact him from Baylor.
“Coach Rhule called me and let me know that they were interested, and it just went from there.”
And for Lewis, it wasn’t that hard of a decision on where he wanted to play once Baylor came calling. He received interest from Pac-12 schools Utah and Arizona State, but Lewis is a Texas kid, which played a big factor in his decision.
“I want to rep my home state. That is something that I thought was important.”
Lewis was one five defensive backs signed in Baylor’s 2017 class. Coach Rhule obviously wanted to emphasize defensive backs in order to quickly get Baylor some depth at corner and safety. Especially, considering the offenses him and his staff will be facing in the Big 12. However, playing time and the opportunity to compete for a future starting position was not the biggest factor for Lewis.
Coach Rhule and his staff sold Lewis on the type of program he is going to run. Rhule is not just tasked with getting Baylor back to the top of the Big 12, he’s tasked with changing the programs image tarnished by massive sexual assault scandal. Coach Rhule is after high-character guys, and that appealed to Lewis.
“It wasn’t anything like [playing time] or like that. They wanted guys that do the right thing, and that is the kind of house hold that I come from.”
Lewis is known as a hard-nose safety that likes to deliver punishment to receivers invading his territory, and we asked him if that was his best trait as a DB. But Lewis didn’t think so.
“My high-energy is my best trait. I don’t stop. I’ve got a good motor.”
Oh my, he is going to be fun to watch! Baylor fans should be very excited about Trevon. He’s a quality player and person, and we wish him nothing but the best in Waco. Oh, and Baylor fans, Lewis has a message for you.
“Win a National Championship. That’s the goal,” Lewis said. “Get ready.”