The University at Buffalo may sit on the other end of Lake Erie but it's had fantastic success finding talent in the city of Detroit. There are five current Bulls who call Detroit home, and Monday afternoon Buffalo added a future Detroit native to its ranks with a verbal commitment from 2015 defensive back Cameron Lewis.
"I felt comfortable up in Buffalo," Lewis, a 5-foot-10 170 pound cornerback told Hustle Belt of why he chose Buffalo over offers from Toledo and Western Michigan.
"I was up there Saturday," he said of his recent visit to Buffalo that sealed the deal. "I took a tour around the campus, went around the city and seen what it had to offer. Sat down with the coaches, and the players, it was real cool."
Though 247Sports has Lewis listed as a wide receiver, the Voyageur Consortium High School senior says UB has recruited him to play cornerback. A versatile athlete, Lewis currently plays on both sides of the ball in high school, but said the coaches see potential for him to make an immediate impact as a defensive back.
"They said I have a pretty good chance of playing as a true freshman, so that's pretty good. It's not guaranteed, I still have to work for it."
Academics played a big role in Lewis' decision. he already knows what he wants to major in—business management, with a minor in graphic design—and while Toledo also has good programs in both of those areas, it was ultimately Lewis' comfort level with the Bulls that gave them the edge.
"I just didn't feel comfortable there," Lewis said of Toledo. "I really connected with the coaches and players at Buffalo."
Currently unranked by the major scouting services, Lewis' athletic ability show he has great upside, and in a defense that recently produced a Top 5 NFL Draft pick, he could reach unforeseen heights. He says now that he's done with the recruiting process he wants to focus on "getting bigger, stronger, faster," and improving his knowledge of the game, something he said he was impressed with head coach Jeff Quinn's ability to help him improve in.
Lewis is just the second commitment in Buffalo's class of 2015, joining Buffalo native wide receiver Brandon Smiley.
Check out Lewis' junior highlights, which illustrate his athleticism well: