Tarboro's next big prospect

For now, the focus at Tarboro High School is on senior running back Todd Gurley, but there's a junior defensive end who's garnered plenty of attention, too.

DE Tyquan Lewis Profile

At 6-foot-4, 220, Tyquan Lewis is already a sizable prospect for the next level. Several schools have jumped on board with offers.

Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are among those with early offers. Ole Miss and Auburn are also expressing interest.

Lewis will have a busy next couple few months as he hits the road for several junior day stops.

"I'm going to visit Clemson for junior day [Jan. 28]. I'm going to go to N.C. State on the 21st. I'm going to try to make it to Auburn," he told CUTigers in a recent interview. "After that, I'll start doing a lot of camps, combines, things like that."

One school remains in the lead -- Clemson.

"I don't think that's going to change," he said.

Lewis added, "Everything is still the same. No matter how many games they win or lose. I still like them. They're still a legitimate program. Their coaches are still the same. They're just real people. That's what I like."

Defensive ends coach Marion Hobby remains in regular contact with Lewis. So does defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

"Coach Hobby has been recruiting me since I was a freshman, when he was at Duke," Lewis said.

A decision could be made as early as the start of his senior season.

"I thought about ending it early, this year, but I'm leaning a little bit more to just keeping it open," he said. "I just want to take my time."

Lewis looks to recruiting advice from Gurley, who will announce his decision on Friday afternoon. The junior defensive end didn't offer his prediction as to where Gurley might end up at the next level.

"He's his own person. I can't say," Lewis said.

As a junior, Lewis finished with 60 tackles and 13 sacks. During his sophomore season, he recorded 52 tackles and eight sacks.

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